Coyote Columbus — National Aboriginal History Month

For National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be dedicating our June posts to Aboriginal titles published by Groundwood Books.

Thomas King, author of the Coyote Columbus books, is of Cherokee and Greek descent. Coyote Columbus is King’s way of retelling the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view. Here are a few illustrations from A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, and A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement.

A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King

A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King

A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas king


A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas KingAbout A Coyote Columbus Story
A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view turns this tale on its ear! Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures in it. She is able to control all events to her advantage until a funny-looking red-haired man named Columbus changes her plans. He is unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles and beavers in Coyote’s land. Instead he is interested in the human beings he can take to sell in Spain.

Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus’s voyages. In doing so, he invites children to laugh with him at the crazy antics of Coyote, who unwittingly allows Columbus to bring about the downfall of his human friends. And he makes the point that history is influenced by the culture of the reporter.

Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King About A Coyote Solstice Tale
Trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to a shopping mall — a place they have never seen before.

Coyote gleefully shops with abandon, only to discover that filling your shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods — somewhat subdued — though nothing can keep Coyote down for long.

The Anansi/Groundwood Holiday Gift Guide is here!

Today’s December 1st, officially the day we can all start legitimately freaking out about holiday shopping. Time to join the masses and crowd the malls!

Or is it?

Does this look like fun? (Spot the guy in the football helmet below.)

From A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement

I didn’t think so.

Wouldn’t you rather be doing this? (Witness the roaring fire and cozy armchair below.)

From A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement

All of us here at House of Anansi and Groundwood Books would rather see you snuggled up at home than combating an angry crowd of shoppers at a mall. That’s why we’ve created our Holiday Gift Guide, a comprehensive online guide to finding the perfect book for everyone on your holiday shopping list this year. With suggestions for CBC listeners, novel lovers, collectors, and kids of all ages, you’re bound to find a book or two for everyone on your list. And the best part? Everything on our site (excluding audiobooks and special editions) is now 30% off!

Get started with A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement. Now available for only $10.46 (in hardcover)!

“This witty winter tale deftly skewers the materialistic aspect of the holiday season in a humorous, trenchant way.”
Kirkus Reviews

Stay tuned for more gift recommendations on our blog throughout the holiday season!

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