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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh is a rabbit and coyote story set in the present.  The father's of the rabbit, chicken, and sheep families go north to make money.  When they do not arrive home when planned, the oldest rabbit son travels to find his father.  Along the way he meets coyote who takes his food and drink to help him go north, but when they run out of food, coyote jumps to eat Pancho.  Thankfully the fathers happen upon this scene and save Pancho.  They all travel home together.  The artwork in this book is hand drawn, then collaged digitally.
There is an author note about this story and the two meanings of 'coyote.'  This title uses a familiar folk tale style to tell a present day issue about the poor people that go north looking for better opportunities.  I'll use this with students in First Grade and older.  I'll mention it to parents and teachers. 

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