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BORREGUITA AND THE COYOTE by Verna Aardema

BORREGUITA AND THE COYOTE

A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico

By Verna Aardema (Adaptor) , Petra Mathers (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 9

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-679-80921-X
Publisher: Knopf

 Borreguita is a little lamb who manages to trick the coyote who wants to eat her not just three but four deliciously satisfying times: she suggests that she'll grow if he waits; she describes the moon's reflection as a cheese, so that he jumps into a pond; she cajoles him into taking her place ``hold[ing] up this mountain'' while she goes for help; and, finally, she bravely volunteers to jump right into the coyote's mouth so that he can swallow her in one gulp--with the result that poor Coyote, his teeth aching, vows to leave the wily lamb alone henceforth. Aardema, a practiced teller of tales, paces this saga expertly and tells it with pleasingly sly wit. Mathers contributes her exquisite sense of design and luminous color, while focusing on the story's drama and humor and the contrast between the innocent-looking lamb and her obtuse antagonist. A fine story; outstanding illustrations. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)