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Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwestby Gerald Mcdermott
Synopses & Reviews
Written in 1944 by Aldous Huxley as a Christmas gift for his niece, The Crows of Pearblossom tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow, who live in a cottonwood tree. The hungry Rattlesnake that lives at the bottom of the tree has a nasty habit of stealing Mrs. Crow's eggs before they can hatch, so Mr. Crow and his wise friend, Old Man Owl, devise a sneaky plan to trick him.and#160;
This funny story of cleverness triumphing over greed, similar in tone and wit to the work of A. A. Milne, shows a new side of a great writer. Paired with stunning illustrations by Sophie Blackall, this timeless tale is sure to grab the attention of many readersand#8212;adults and children alike.
Praise for The Crows of Pearblossom
and#8220;With Huxleyand#8217;s mordant wit in ample supply, this tale will entertain literary novelty seekers.and#8221;and#160;
and#8220;Huxleyand#8217;s story starts good and grimand#8212;just the thing to hold a young audience.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviewsand#160;
and#8220;A rather charming childrenand#8217;s book. The story is clever, wittily told and bristles with spiky humor and#8212; and it could quite possibly become a new favorite among schoolchildren. In the reissued edition, Brooklyn-based illustrator Sophie Blackwell transforms the chapter book into a picture book. Huxleyand#8217;s standing as one of the grandfathers of dystopian Y.A. is already established. Perhaps the next generation will think of him as that guy who wrote about crowsand#8217; eggs.and#8221; and#8211;New York Times ARTSBEAT blog
and#8220;A vivid picture-book edition with robust and suitably disquieting illustrations by Sophie Blackall.and#8221;and#160;
and#8211;Wall Street Journal
After Coyote begs the crows to teach him to sing, dance, and fly like they do, they soon tire of his bragging and boasting and decide to teach him a lesson. Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott evokes the power of myth in this traditional trickster tale of the American Southwest. Full color.
Wherever Coyote goes you can be sure heand#8217;ll find trouble. Now he wants to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows agree but soon tire of Coyoteand#8217;s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble!
About the Author
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), the author of Brave New World, lived the latter part of his life near the Mojave Desert, where this story is set. Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many children's books, including the Ivy and Bean series. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at www.sophieblackall.com.
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