Coyote Not-So-Clever is a collection of four separate fables in which Coyote is the brunt of others’ jokes. The underlying message of the tales is that Coyote never learns from his mistakes. The stories are examples of traditional narratives – in this case fables of trickery.
Features of the Book – An anthology of separate tales, – The humour in the illustrations, – The language of traditional narratives – It happened long long ago, – The narrative form – problem, complication, resolution, conclusion, – Frequent use of direct speech, – Parallels with other trickster tales such as The Hare and the Tortoise, Purpose Coyote Not-so-clever can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – analysing a fable as an example of a traditional narrative, – distinguishing between the main idea and the supporting detail, – predicting possible outcomes, – comparing and contrasting fables from different cultures, – discussing cause and effect in the text, – rewriting a text in a different genre.
Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Humour
Reading Level: 25-26 (Emerald)
Guided Reading Level25
GenreFolk Tale/Traditional Story
Theme/Topicand insects | Animals | birds | Humour
Strategy/SkillsCause and effect | Comparing and contrasting | Main ideas | Making predictions