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The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote (edition 1998)

by Tony Johnston (Author), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tony Johnston (Author)

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Title:The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote
Authors:Tony Johnston (Author)
Other authors:Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tony Johnston (Author)
Info:Puffin (1998), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Fantasy, Picture Books
Tags:Fairy Tale, Rebbits, Coyote

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The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote by Tony Johnston



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In my opinion, “The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote” is an intriguing story for children to read. It is a multicultural book, and it incorporates some Spanish phrases throughout the book. The plot is suspenseful and easy to follow. The story is about a rabbit and a coyote who live in Mexico. The rabbit eats chili peppers from a farm and gets caught by the farmer. The farmer tries to eat the rabbit, and the rabbit tricks the coyote into taking his place. The coyote follows after the rabbit to try to eat him. The rabbit is too clever and tricks the coyote many times to get away from him. The rabbit eventually gets a ladder and climbs to the moon where the coyote cannot reach him. The book explains that that is why coyotes howl at the moon to this day. The illustrations showcase colorful pictures made out of crayons, markers, and pastels. The rabbit is colored purple, and the coyote is colored blue. The language throughout the book is very descriptive. For example, “One full-moon night, Rabbit found a field of chilies. He was so pleased to see them, all glossy and green, that he jumped right in and ate the biggest ones.” The language in the story is predominantly English; however, there is a good amount of Spanish text incorporated in the book. The Spanish phrases are translated to English in the glossary. For example, “Me siento un poco raro” (Translation: I feel a bit strange). The big idea of the story is to teach children that they can get out of trouble by being clever. ( )
  sstelz2 | Oct 16, 2014 |
Great! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
Fable of rabbit and coyote. Why coyote howls at the moon. Diverse characters - wise + gullible. I am using it as a lesson plan of asking questions - why would rabbit do that? Showing character development/differentiation of characters.
Use of language - some Spanish words.
  TaraMichael | Sep 30, 2013 |
This is a great book, which introduces children to Spanish without shoving it down their throats. Tony Johnston and Tomi de Paola make a marvelous team. Check out Johnston's "The Iguana Brothers" and "Lorenzo the Naughty Parrot" for more Spanish language treats! I would defiantly read this book to my students. ( )
  gjchauvin504 | Dec 3, 2012 |
The rabbit always messes with the coyote. Everytime the coyote thinks that he is going to eat the rabbit he tricks the coyote. Then the rabbit gets a ladder and jumps on the moon and hides the ladder. That is why the coyote always howls at the moon. ( )
  Gabe77 | Mar 13, 2012 |
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One full-moon night, Rabbit found a field of chiles.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0698116305, Paperback)

Poor Coyote! How?d he get bonked by a rock-hard fruit underneath the jicara tree? Who tricked him into whacking a wasps? nest with a stick? And why is he always howling at the moon? Because of Rabbit, that?s why! ?A Mexican trickster tale in which wily Rabbit outwits Coyote several times before escaping him permanently by climbing to the moon?which explains why Coyote is wont to howl at it. A book that?s sure to appeal.? ? Kirkus Reviews, pointer review ?This zesty collaboration is sure to be popular with some of dePaola?s finest and most innovative art.? ? Booklist, starred review ?An engaging retelling.?Familiar and funny, yet different and distinctive.? ? School Library Journal Tony Johnston lives in San Marino, California. Tomie dePaola lives in New Hampshire.

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Rabbit outwits Coyote in this Zapotec tale which explains why coyotes howl at the moon.

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