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Children's Fiction Farm Animals

Emma and the Coyote

by (author) Margriet Ruurs

illustrated by Barbara Spurll

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Feb 2001
Farm Animals
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2001
    List Price

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Grand Prize, Ex aequo - 2000 Luxcanada, illustration, children's book

Most chickens have enough sense to run when a coyote
comes near. Not Emma. She thinks she can outfox a hungry canine despite the warnings of the farmer and his family.

One day the suspense reaches a peak when the hungry coyote comes a little too close. Will Emma's "uncanny good luck" hold out even if her common sense doesn't?

Margriet Ruurs has once again created a hen-house farce that will draw chuckles from fans of this plucky chicken. Barbara Spurll's trademark animal caricatures will delight as they bring this barnyard comedy to life.

About the authors

Margriet Ruurs is the award-winning author of forty books for children. Passionate about literacy, she writes children's and educational materials and conducts author visits and writing workshops at international schools around the world. Her picture book biography A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison won the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award and the Crystal Kite Award, and was nominated for several others. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet raised her family in the Yukon, Canada. Today, when she isn't travelling, she runs a booklover's bed and breakfast on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.


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Barbara Spurll is best known for her renderings of animals with attitude. Besides her award-winning work on the Emma series, Barbara's artwork enlivens many other books for children, including Mooki and the Too Proud Peacock, The Flying Tortoise, and Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! Born in England, Barbara now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Other titles by Margriet Ruurs

Other titles by Barbara Spurll