What’s a little lamb to do about a fierce coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course and and trick him again and trick him one more. Borreguita and the Coyote has ratings and 77 reviews. Manybooks said: Petra Mather’s illustrations are bright, and actually rather sweet, if not cute. A hungry coyote wants Borreguita (little lamb) for a meal. Can Borreguita outwit the coyote and escape a cruel end?.

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The first and last cover pages have hispanic burial customs and references to the Day of the Dead. In the end, the sheep does something to keep the coyote from ever trying to eat the sheep again, and everyone lives happily ever after. This book would be appropriate for kindergarten aged children up through third or even fourth graders. Today, I do feel just a bit sorry for the coyote, but as a child I would have been somewhat frightened by him, and would have been wholeheartedly rooting for the lamb, which I basically was now too.

Just a moment while borregujta sign you adn to your Goodreads account. Nov 18, iram rated it it was amazing. Greed can be fooled easily.

Clever Borreguita the lamb bookshelves: This book is about a little lamb tricking the coyote out of eating her. The lamb pleads her case–she will taste better after she has eaten the entire field of clover.

I really enjoyed reading how the lamb escaped the coyote! Yet the coyote returns again and again until she rams him right in the head. The little lamb tricked the coyote into jumping into the water and pretending to hold of the cli Title: The lamb is free at last. This book had a multicultural undertone to it. I know that the illustrations are based on th Based on a Mexican folktale. The story continues with the coyote being outsmarted by the Borreguita several more times until he is finally defeated and gives up his dream of eating the little borfeguita.


The landscape is also luscious and brings you to somewhere in Ayutla, Mexico you would want to visit. She was educated at Michigan State University, and taught grade school from However, in the majority of Native American trickster tales, Coyote is more often than not depicted as a noble trickster, a Prometheus-like figure who uses tricks and subterfuge for good and even noble purposes.

First, she tells him that he should eat cheese instead of eating her and she leads him to the pond to eat the cheese which is the sun reflecting on the water. While reading the story, I would pick out words or phrases that may be from the Spanish culture.

Aug 27, Karol rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lots of bold, bright color, artful landscapes, and just the boorreguita amount of comic touch and lightheartedness.

Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema | : Books

As I have always had a soft spot for wolves and coyotes, I tend to have some problems with folktales depicting these animals as inherently bad and cunningly evil and certainly, many folkltales about wolves and other canids do have this tendency. From the beginning, the reader can assume Borreguita will get the better of Coyote, we just never know how. The students could compare this book to others in the culture and find similarities between different themes. The Borreguita invites the coyote to come back and eat her after she herself has eaten all the clover in the meadow, stating that she will then be fat and will better fill up the coyote.

I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children might not understand the Spanish language in this book.

Borreguita and the Coyote: Reading Rainbow Book

With Borreguita and her coyote stalker, however, this noble aspect of Coyote is missing, as the coyote is simply a big bad carnivore, relentlessly stalking a defenseless little lamb. Verna Aaredma, perhaps best known for her adaptations of African folklore, here turns her attention to Mexico, with happy results. Borreguita coyyote the Coyote is the retelling of a Mexican folktale where a little borrefuita must outsmart a hungry coyote in order to save himself.


A storyteller could easily adapt this tale to use with puppets as well. The coyote decides that he would rather eat a fattened-up borreguita and leaves with idea of returning after several days. A little lamb lived in the mountains while a hungry coyote greeted her.

The coyote is also a very common character among the literature, so the students will be able to find more information about what that character means as a whole. They will also want to hear this story over and over. No trivia or quizzes yet. Trickster tales are entertaining, and though the characters can be naughty, they are typically very likeable, as is little Borreguita.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Myth, Folktales, Fables Theme s: I loved the fun language Borreguita and the Coyote was such a fun folktale! It’s funny because the coyote constantly wanted to eat her but always fell for her tricks.

I would write these on the board, and as a group we would learn the meaning. Paperback32 pages. A Nandi Tale so this was a little lackluster in comparison. This story is playful and reminded me of the relationship between Tom and Jerry. A source for discussion on the following topics: It’s a good representation of Mexican culture and can be used paired wit Personal Reaction: It is also a great tool because it would incorporate another culture into the class. Aug 27, Crystal Marcos rated it liked it.

Has a few Spanish words.

BORREGUITA AND THE COYOTE by Verna Aardema , Petra Mathers | Kirkus Reviews

Based on a Mexican folktale. Next she tricks the coyote into eating a round of cheese actually the moon reflected in a pond. The bright illustrations create a setting in the Mexican mountains, creating an understanding for readers where these animals may blrreguita in this country. Native American tales Additional themes: There’s a cute part where it shows one reason why coyotes may howl at the moon.