March 16, 2004
This is a clever and
delightful take-off from the original Little Red Riding
Hood sprinkled with a southwest twist. Cuentos y leyendas of today.
The book can be read within
one sitting. An excellent example of such enduring stories preserved and retold, which have served to keep hearts and imaginations
warm through the coldest of winters.
In "Isabel and the Hungry Coyote," stunning southwest graphics help bring back
this tale of old with a bit of spice, reflecting the richness and diversity of Hispanic
While the book is not a read-along, it is a very practical teaching and learning tool for both children and adults
and should lead to some interesting discussion about the reality of strangers. Easily understood by even the youngest
reader and listener. Included is a vocabulary both in Spanish and English, which
teachers and parents will find useful.
Reviewed by Betsie