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A Coyote Columbus Story

by Thomas King, illustrated by Kent Monkman

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Description

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 her human friends. And he makes the point that history is influenced by the culture of the reporter.

About the Authors

Thomas King

THOMAS KING is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; One Good Story, That One; and A Short History of Indians in Canada. The Inconvenient Indian, a work of non-fiction, won several national prizes and was described by Joseph Boyden as “destined to become a classic of historical narrative.” A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriinal Achievement Foundation, Thomas King taught at the University of Lethbridge and was chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of Guelph, where he ran the Native Studies program. A Matter of Malice is the third novel in Thomas King’s DreadfulWater series.

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Kent Monkman

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.
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Contributor Notes

Thomas King has written several highly acclaimed children’s books. A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book and A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, was a Governor General’s Award finalist.

King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, was a Professor of English at the University of Guelph for many years, where he taught Native Literature and Creative Writing. He recently won the Governor General’s Award for his adult novel, The Back of the Turtle, and he has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Awards
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Awards: Text
Editorial Reviews

...what Coyote captures...is the spirit of cheekiness, a bold, outrageous iconoclastic energy that incorporates warmth and inclusiveness.

— Horn Book

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.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

...very funny, provocative, and offers a unique and absolutely engaging point of view.

— Toronto Star

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.

— School Library Journal