Friday, May 31, 2013
Bring On #bookaday: Coyote's New Suit
Here goes! I'm participating in this year's #bookaday challenge from Nerdy Book Club. Technically, I wasn't planning to start until summer vacation...or at least not until report cards are finished...but...books are a weakness! So, here I go! My first selection for the summer is Coyote's New Suit by Thomas King. I figured it would be good to start with something Canadian and that KidLit would definitely be the way to go until summer vacation gets here and I find more reading hours in my day. :)
This is an aboriginal trickster tale. Makes me nostaglic for my English Lit days at Ottawa U. Coyote and Raven feature prominently, of course. At Raven's suggestion, Coyote runs around taking other animals' fur suits when they take them off for a swim. The message of the book is that just because you want something doesn't mean you need it. While I think that older children might get the message, I think younger children would simply enjoy this book because it talks about animals pouting about in their underwear and dressing up in human clothes. The story is also a bit long for my typical Primary audience, but might be enjoyed by the Junior crowd. King definitely writes in storytelling style.
I'm giving my first #bookaday pick a 3 out of 5.