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Coyote and the Fire Stick
A Pacific Northwest Indian Tale
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Published by Gulliver Books/Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996
ISBN: 0152004386; Hardcover
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Reading level: Ages 4-8

 
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Coyote is wise. Coyote is crafty. Coyote knows the answers to many of the People's questions. But the People's lodges are cold and dark. The People's food is uncooked. Now the People want to know: Coyote, how do we get Fire?
 
Fire is guarded by three evil spirits at the top of a tall mountain. Can Coyote get Fire for the People? Perhaps if he enlists the help of Mountain Lion, Deer, Squirrel, and Frog he can. After all, Coyote can do almost anything. Right?
 
Text and artwork consultant was Robin K. Wright, curator of Native American art at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington.
 
Barbara Diamond Goldin says, "I read about this legend and others when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. I was a volunteer in the Lummi Tribal Headstart Program near Bellingham, Washington, and was looking for stories to tell the preschoolers during story times."
 
"It was at this time that I learned that Coyote is the chief character in the legends of the Pacific Northwest, as well as in many of those told over the whole western half of North America."
 
"Coyote could be both a hero and a trickster. He could be greedy, bullying, deceitful, and cowardly, as well as being a mischief-maker. He could also be a rescuer, teacher, and powerful magician."
 
"Clever retelling of how coyote and the other forest animals bring fire to the early dwellers of the Pacific Northwest ... a memorable book for sharing again and again." --From the American Bookseller's Pick of the Lists. Also a Hornbook Fanfare title.
 
This book is out of print in paperback and hardcover. Available in libraries and from stores and websites that sell out of print books, such as www.bibliofind.com.

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