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A Coyote Columbus Story

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures within 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.Native American author ...more
Published September 9th 2002 by Groundwood Books
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This is a clever and original approach to the Columbus story, in which (trickster) Coyote causes Columbus and his companions to come to the Americas because she wants some new humans to play with. As I think about how to prepare my preschooler for learning about slavery, it's hard to know where to start as the reality is so painful and horrific. So I appreciated that this book actually manages to introduce the concept in a more emotionally manageable way (Coyote laughs at the absurdity of the id ...more
I grew up in Bensonhurst. BIG Italian neighborhood. Right on 18th Avenue - you can believe we knew it when it was Columbus Day! Parades up and down the block!

And this is what we learned in school... let's see... Columbus was a Hero, and very Brave, and he Discovered America, and he Explored, and... oh yeah, and we learned that little ditty about sailing the ocean blue.

This is what we didn't learn: Columbus wasn't just lost on the way to India, he drastically miscalculated the size of the earth -
"A Coyote Columbus Story" was recommended on a N.A. booklist. In this version of first contact, Coyote is both the creator and the fool. Coyote's unwillingness to live by his own rules eventually causes the creatures and the humans to stop playing with him. It's hard to play baseball (Coyote's favorite game) alone, so when some funny looking people with red hair and silly clothes arrive looking for a place called India, Coyote tells them to "forget India" and invites them to stay and play ball. ...more
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Different but fun. Discovering America from the native perspective. Recommended.
What a powerful retelling of a historical event.
Oh baby you're so iconoclastic.
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Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California and is of Cherokee, Greek and German descent. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Utah in 1986. He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates "pan-Indian" concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native Americans. He taught Native American Studies at the ...more
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