A Coyote Columbus Story

Category: Book
By (author): King, Thomas
Illustrated By: Monkman, Kent
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
Awards: Governor General's Literary Awards: Text (1992) Short-listed
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: September 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 10.69in x 8.50in x 0.13in
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From The Publisher*

A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view turns this tale on its ear! Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures in it. She is able to control all events to her advantage until a funny-looking red-haired man named Columbus changes her plans. He is unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles and beavers in Coyote's land. Instead he is interested in the human beings he can take to sell in Spain.

Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus's voyages. In doing so, he invites children to laugh with him at the crazy antics of Coyote, who unwittingly allows Columbus to bring about the downfall of his human friends. And he makes the point that history is influenced by the culture of the reporter.

From The Publisher*A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view turns this tale on its ear! Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus's voyages.
Review Quote*...very funny, provocative, and offers a unique and absolutely engaging point of view.
Review Quote*...what Coyote captures...is the spirit of cheekiness, a bold, outrageous iconoclastic energy that incorporates warmth and inclusiveness.
Review Quote*This is an entertaining story, great fun to read aloud because the language is crisp, colloquial, and very expressive. It is also extremely thought-provoking.
Review Quote*What seems a funny romp turns out to have a very sharp edge. This irreverent treatment of Columbus and his fellows may be disquieting to some, but it is long overdue.
Biographical Note

Thomas King is Professor of English at the University of Guelph, teaching Native Literature and Creative Writing. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Thomas King's father was Cherokee, his mother is Greek, and he is the first CBC Massey Lecturer of Native descent; his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories, won the Trillium Book Award, and his book A Coyote Solstice Tale won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book.

William Kent Monkman is a filmmaker and visual artists whose paintings have been shown in galleries across North America. He has designed sets for theater and dance and has illustrated several books. Of Swampy Cree and English-Irish descent, Kent is a member of the Fisher River Band in Manitoba. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.