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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Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico

There were some folk art pictures in the front and back of the book that I found myself staring at over and over trying to figure out what those colorful balls were; connected to the head of a dog, coming out from the eyes coyoe a hhe, under a sheep, and floating around the pages. Myth, Folktales, Fables Theme s: Aug 27, Karol rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did coyohe on the culture, and a coyote is supposed to be a wise and strong animal.

The illustrations were entertaining. An excellent readaloud for anr wide range of ages. And one must also remember that wolves and coyotes are carnivores, so borregukta are generally supposed to consume meat. Verna Aardema has also done a great job at providing helpful definitions at the beginning of the book which will greatly help many small children understand the Spanish language being used in this book and also help many children understand the culture of Mexico. Readers find pleasure not only is guessing the ways the little lamb will trick the hungry coyote, but also will find something charming in the hungry beast as he continually is duped.

Borreguita and the Coyote is the retelling of a Mexican folktale where a little lamb must outsmart a hungry coyote in order to save himself. The lamb getting the coyote to hold up the mountain was really funny, as were some of the other tricks played. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Return to Book Page. On a farm at the foot of a mountain, there lived a little ewe lamb.


I agree with both reviews as to this tale being great for young children, they will enjoy the chatty back and forth dialogue between the lamb and coyote. I wasn’t a big a fan of the ending; I would have preferred if Bourreguita kept using her wiles rather than resorting to physical attack.

In many of the former, Coyote is a trickster, and usually cleverly victorious, so it is somewhat ironic and amusing to read a Mexican folktale variation where Coyote the trickster is outsmarted. This book would be appropriate for kindergarten aged children up through third or even fourth graders. In the end, the lamb wins and the coyote leaves her alone.

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However, in the majority of Native American trickster tales, Coyote is more often than not depicted as a noble tne, a Prometheus-like figure who uses tricks and subterfuge for good and even noble purposes.

A coyote is hungry and wants to eat the little lamb nearby in a field. I found that the illustrations fit the story very well – my f Oh, this one’s ending made me chuckle!

I think that’s a tricky lesson to teach children, since we stress honesty but them see the lamb lie wnd order to stay alive. For me, it kind of felt along the lines of the three little pigs. On a farm at the foot of a mountain, there once lived a little ewe lamb. Endpapers embellished with Mexican scenes and symbols and voyote simple glossary add to the reasons preschoolers will request this story again and again.

I thought this story went along with typical myths but I did not know that they follow a 3 time pattern.

Has a few Spanish words. Qnd reading the story, I would pick out words borregulta phrases that may be from the Spanish culture. I know that the mother goat in the Grimm’s tale of The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids does warn her children about the wolf, but she also leaves them home alone. I would write these on the board, and as a group we would learn the meaning. Yet the coyote returns again and again until she rams him right in the head. This book would be great to help students learn about the geography and culture of Mexico.

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I read this to my 3rd grade students, coyore giggled at the creative tricks revealed in the text and illustrations. In typical folktale pattern, Borrequita successfully tricks coyote 3 times, each trick a bit more elaborate than the preceding one.

There’s a cute part where it shows one reason why coyotes may howl at the moon. She must face the coyote by herself birreguita the farmer is either unable or unwilling to even attempt to protect her.

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The first and last cover pages vorreguita hispanic burial customs and references to the Day of the Dead. The coyote is also a very common character among the literature, so the students ane be able to find more information about what that character means as a whole. A coyote is on the tail of the farmers little lame, Borreguita, looking for a nice snack. This folktale came from Ayutla, Mexico. This is definitely a folktale that I would have in my classroom.

I coyoye this for the Picture Books group at the Children’s Books group ; this month’s theme is North American folk tales. Aardema shares a tale from Ciyote, Mexico. CCBC Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices, Hungry Coyote thinks that Borreguita, the little lamb, would make a tasty meal but every time he meets her she manages to outsmart him, leaving him not only hungry but humiliated as well.

Mar 05, Emily Burke rated it really liked it Shelves: So it was very fun to see the book poking fun of that aspect and allowing the smaller animal to win. This story is playful and reminded me of the relationship between Tom and Jerry. Response to Two Professional Reviews: