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Coyote Moon
by Maria Gianferrari and Bagram Ibatoulline


Overview -

"A howl in the night. "
" "
"A watchful eye in the darkness."
" "
"A flutter of movement among the trees. "
" "
"Coyotes."

In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feed her hungry pups. Her hunt takes her through a suburban town, where she encounters a mouse, a rabbit, a flock of angry geese, and finally an unsuspecting turkey on the library lawn.  Read more...


 
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More About Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari; Bagram Ibatoulline
 
 
 
Overview

"A howl in the night. "
" "
"A watchful eye in the darkness."
" "
"A flutter of movement among the trees. "
" "
"Coyotes."

In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feed her hungry pups. Her hunt takes her through a suburban town, where she encounters a mouse, a rabbit, a flock of angry geese, and finally an unsuspecting turkey on the library lawn.

POUNCE

Perhaps Coyote's family won't go hungry today.

This title has Common Core connections.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781626720411
  • ISBN-10: 162672041X
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: July 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - Wolves & Coyotes
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Quietly poetic text and show-stopping artwork create a tense account of a coyote's nocturnal search for food. Gianferrari (the Penny & Jelly books) instantly establishes an atmospheric setting, opening as "Coyote wakes in her den,/ a hollowed-out pine in a cemetery." Ibatoulline's paintings, always impressive, are downright astonishing in this book. He opts for a worm's-eye view in this opening scene, showing Coyote padding along as tombstones loom beside scraggly pines, moonlight filtering eerily through cloud cover. Paying near-photographic attention to the modulating light as daybreak approaches, as well as Coyote's feathery fur and the suburban neighborhood she prowls, Ibatoulline (A Little Women Christmas) follows the predator's failed attempts to secure a mouse, rabbit, and geese eggs—including a dramatic, startling "pounce!" scene—before finally capturing a turkey to feed her family. Structured like verse, Gianferrari's crisp sentences are simultaneously graceful and matter-of-fact in their observations ("Coyote threads through rusty reeds"), and a closing section of "coyote facts" goes into greater detail about how and where the canines live. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agency: Gallt and Zacker Literary. (July)

 
BookPage Reviews

A mother coyote's nighttime hunt

Her intense, yellow eyes scanning the night, Mother Coyote is watching and following and digging and leaping. With pups waiting in her den, the success of her nightly hunt is vital. A window into a rarely seen world, Coyote Moon is a unique find.

Gifted storyteller Maria Gianferrari narrates Coyote’s story with a directness that echoes Coyote’s serious mission, and her descriptive language and subtle use of alliteration make for a captivating read-aloud. Renowned illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline skillfully brings us along for the hunt with art as lifelike as a photograph, but with an ethereal edge. Ibatoulline leads us through the richly detailed night, peering through brush and hiding from Coyote’s prey. He opens up a moonlit world that is far from monotone, with texture and layers that give us a unique and intimate look at our world when it belongs to those who depend on the night. Gianferrari’s narrative is vivid enough to stand without any images, and Ibatoulline’s art would make a lovely wordless picture book—but woven together, they tell a story that is striking and transfixing. 

A truthful but non-gory look at the circle of life, Coyote Moon concludes with two pages of facts, making it a fascinating and useful book for libraries and classrooms. From cover to cover, from sunset to moonrise, Coyote Moon will mesmerize and intrigue—and have you peering into the nighttime for your own coyote glimpse.

 

This article was originally published in the August 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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