Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla,
In this delightful and humorous picture book, appropriate for lower
elementary age-children, Verna Aardema retells a Mexican folktale about
a persistent, hungry coyote and a cunning little lamb. The coyote's
quest to eat the lamb, also known as "Borreguita" (which means "little
lamb" in Spanish), begins on a farm at the base of a mountain. The little
lamb uses her cunning to outwit the coyote and keep him from eating
her. Amongst her many tricks, she persuades the coyote into believing
she is too thin to eat and also advises him on what he should do to
obtain tastier morsels than her.
The illustrator, Petra Mathers, attracts the reader's interest by following
the author's intended storyline visually, but also provides details
beyond what is provided in Aardema's text. The illustrations are bold
and bright, depicting Southwestern images of palm trees, cacti, rugged
mountains, and a howling coyote.