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Isabel and the Hungry Coyote/Isabel y el coyote hambriento
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     Nicely done and easily understood

Title: Isabel and the Hungry Coyote/Isabel y el coyote hambriento

Author: Keith Polette

Illustrated by: Esther Szegedy

Publisher: Raven Tree Press, LLC.(May 2004)

ISBN: 0972497307

Genre: Children's Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover; 32pp


Rating: Highly Recommended


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 culture.


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