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Old Bag of Bones

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Coyote never learns that age can bring wisdom, respect and a wealth of experience.
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Published September 1st 1997 by Turtleback Books (first published 1996)
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Debbie Reiber
Feb 10, 2013 Debbie Reiber rated it it was amazing
Old Bag of Bones: A Coyote Tale retold and illustrated by Janet Stevens is a folklore book. The age group this book is intended for is primary to intermediate. The story is about a coyote that can see nothing good about being old and is transformed into a young, strong, but not powerful, buffalo. Even though he was told he wouldn’t be powerful, he tried to be anyway and lost his youth and strength.
I enjoyed the story because of the theme and characters. The theme involved transformation and the
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Bec
Jun 18, 2008 Bec rated it really liked it
Format: 32 pages. Appx. 800 words. Third person, past.

Coyote, old bag of bones and trickster, is dying. Buzzard is ready to strike but also points out the Young Buffalo. Coyote has hope that Buffalo has magic to spare and he asks to be transformed. The Buffalo helps and Coyote becomes so enthused by the change, he tries to convince the other old animals that he has the power to give them youth. Hilarity ensues and Coyote is retuned to his baggy old self. He doesn't lose hope though when, at the
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Ashley
Oct 15, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
Classic Coyote! The dark, depressing colors help set the dreary mood and express to the reader that mischeif is close and death around the corner.
The text is purposely set apart from the illustrations by a reddish border and white background.
The chaotic lines coming from the Coyote, Rabbit, Lizard, and Kangaroo Rat help express their age and ruggedness.
I loved the ending! Of course, Coyote did not take the lesson he had learned to heart and, instead, began to directly scheme a way to gain you
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Alicia
Apr 09, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it
Stevens uses paint to create stunning dessert landscapes with rich purples, greens, blues, and browns. She also uses grays and whites to contrast the older animals to the young ones and to the bright, lively setting. The style of the images lends a childish and yet detailed visual to the text, which is boxed off with a red outline. The story had an interesting message, but I think my favorite part was that on the back cover, is an image of an elk-coyote. This gives the reader a sense of what hap ...more
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Chris Young
An old coyote values youth and strength over old age and wisdom, asking a strong, young buffalo to transform him. The new coyote, or Buffote, forgets the lessons of old age as he encounters other elderly animals on the plains and assumes that they want to become young and powerful like him. I'm wondering if there are better interpretations of this trickster tale out there.
Rani
Desperate, tired, hungry, an old Coyote asks the young buffalo to give him a body like him. The young buffalo obliges but warns the Coyote that he is still powerless in the body. Will the Coyote believe it?
Angela
Jul 20, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoy coyote or trickster tales and the kids liked this one also. It was exciting and fun, included a moral but put at the end the fight one might have between personality and being content.
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Janet Stevens began drawing as a child. Pictures decorated her walls, mirrors, furniture and school work -- including math assignments. While this didn't always sit well with her teachers, it was what she loved to do.

Janet’s father was in the Navy therefore she moved a great deal and attended many schools while growing up.

After graduating from high school in Hawaii in 1971 she landed a job creati
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