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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Why, trick him, of course Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In the end, the lamb wins and the coyote leaves her alone. Trickery between animals who speak to one another.


And, of course, poor coyote really just needs to eat and if he doesn’t eat Bourreguita, he’ll have to eat something else! The straightforward, colorful illustrations by Petra Mathers complement the subtle humor in the text. Aug 27, Crystal Marcos rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jun adn, Janelle rated it it was ok Recommended to Janelle by: Verna Aardema has done an excellent job at retelling this folktale as the story is both hilarious and clever at the same time.

Aug 15, Manybooks rated brreguita liked it Recommends it for: I also appreciated the glossary which defined the Spanish words used and provided a pronunciation guide.

Jun 05, David rated it really liked it Shelves: And this minor but essential factoid ansolutely makes Borreguita and the Coyote so much more acceptable than many of the other “big bad wolf” type of folktales, where the wolf more often than not ends up dead and usually killed with extreme violence, and in the most horrid way imaginable. The coyote decides that he would rather eat a f 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.


With Borreguita and her coyote stalker, however, this bordeguita aspect of Coyote is missing, as borreguitq coyote is simply a big bad carnivore, relentlessly stalking a defenseless little lamb.

Using farm land and cliffs allows for students to understand some of the landscape in Mexico and compare it to where they are from.

It’s about a wolf who is trying to eat a lamb, but the lamb is always outsmarting the wolf. Lots of bold, bright color, artful landscapes, and just the right amount of comic touch and lightheartedness. Verna Aaredma, perhaps best known cogote her adaptations of African folklore, here turns her attention to Mexico, with happy results. There is a glossary at the beginning which I know is meant to be helpful but is really unnecessary since the concepts are all explained in the story.

Borreguita and the Coyote: Reading Rainbow Book

Based on a Mexican folktale. Another part of the book I liked was how it had culture to it.

Coyote was very hungry and always threatened to eat Borreguita. The illustrations are interesting and fit the story nicely even if they aren’t quite my cup of tea.

Since we border Mexico our country is becoming more adapted to their language and some traditions. The coyote is also a very common character among the literature, so the students will be able to find more information about what that character means as a whole.

Even though I have not read this book before recently, I felt like I already knew thd because of this theme. Deborah Abbott Booklist, Sept.


What I really did and continue to enjoy about this particular offering is that the coyote is not simply killed, is not slaughtered in the end. The story depicts creative ways that keeps the reader amused.

Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico by Verna Aardema

No trivia or quizzes yet. I know that in some of these tales, the “evil” wolves might, in fact, be symbols or something or someone else, but it still tends to bother me somewhat. In a panic, she tricked the Coyote into eating something better than her, cheese!

The landscape is also luscious an Published: The story is well retold by Aardema. View all 7 comments. Aug 12, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: I may have been too tired the times I chose to look at them. So it was very fun to see the book poking fun of that aspect and allowing the smaller animal to win.

This makes the story more playful and goes along well with the story and the character of the sheep.

BORREGUITA AND THE COYOTE by Verna Aardema , Petra Mathers | Kirkus Reviews

But no – brain prevailed over brawn. Response to Two Professional Reviews: A storyteller could easily adapt this tale to use with puppets as well. Borreguita is the trickster in this story, outsmarting the coyote time after time, until coykte final trick takes the form of a physical assault to the mouth.