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Coyote Christmas : A Lakota Story
by S. D. Nelson


Overview - Christmas with a Lakota trick A traditional Native American character gets a modern update in this charming Christmas tale On Christmas Eve, Coyote wants to find some people to trick out of a hot meal. Sneaky Coyote is known in the Native American tradition as the Trickster.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Christmas with a Lakota trick A traditional Native American character gets a modern update in this charming Christmas tale On Christmas Eve, Coyote wants to find some people to trick out of a hot meal. Sneaky Coyote is known in the Native American tradition as the Trickster. He knows that theres one character people cant refuse on Christmas Eve: Santa Claus Using straw for a jolly belly and wool for his Santas beard, the Trickster fools a family into welcoming him to their Christmas meal. But just when he thinks hes gotten away with his ruse, taking their food and leaving the family with nothing, hes foiled by a strange occurrence. Could it be a Christmas miracle? Coyotes antics, beautifully told and illustrated by S. D. Nelson, will delight readers, and his eventual comeuppance just in time for Christmas makes this a perfect holiday tale.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810993679
  • ISBN-10: 0810993678
  • Publisher: ABRAMS
  • Publish Date: December 2007
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-9
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 56.
  • Review Date: 2007-10-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Magic abounds on the trail of Coyote, a trickster set on scoring some tasty Christmas grub in this confusing original folktale inspired by Lakota Sioux legend and set on an Indian reservation. Coyote hatches his grandest ruse ever: he disguises himself as Santa and lands an invitation to a kindly clan's Christmas Eve dinner. But the joke's on Coyote when his scheme is upstaged by some meddling by Sister Raven (and, perhaps, by the spirit of Christmas itself). Readers will be just as surprised as Coyote: What exactly is going on when the family opens their gifts from a Santa not even Coyote knows and they find delightful objects for everyone—except an empty box for wheelchair-bound young Davy? (He has regained the use of his legs.) The tale ends on an oddly sour note, not much relieved by the zesty North Dakota snowscapes throughout. Ages 5-9. (Dec.)

 
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