Coyote's Soundbite

A Poem for Our Planet

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

A rip-roaring poem about protecting our planet, told through the eyes of Coyote the trickster.

Excitement spreads like wildfire through the jungle. Earth-goddesses are planning a conference! From Australia to Antarctica, Amazon to Africa, goddesses will debate the burning environmental issues of our times . . . and bushy-tailed, smooth-talking Coyote wants in on the action. Can this infamous trickster come up with a plan to infiltrate the conference and leave a lasting legacy for our planet?

“Quirky and inventive. The writing is beautiful. The illustrations truly shine and will be enjoyed by all. An aesthetically pleasing and stimulating work of art”—ALA Booklist

“Agard’s words and Grobler’s illustrations harmoniously deliver an engaging and timely tale. Humans have indeed become blind to the fragile beauty of the Earth. This story, packed full of playful characters that fly and dance around the page as creation myths are told, asks young readers to take a different view and to love the world around them”—Andy Robert Davies, children’s illustrator

“The more I read this book the more I wanted to read it again because every time I looked at it again I noticed a new drawing or found something to use in my own writing. This is an important story to tell because lots of bad things are happening to our world currently and it reminds us of what we need to do to help our planet”—Lottie Kid Reviewer, Books Up North

Format Your Price Add
978-1-911373-73-5
$14.24
978-1-911373-77-3
$23.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2021-04-06
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV070000, JUV074000, JUV029010
Dimensions 8.5 x 11
Lexile 910
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Awards

  • Kate Greenaway Medal Nominee, Nominated, 2022

Reviews

Booklist

“Grobler’s whimsical illustrations, with captivatingly vibrant colors and movement, are the star of this book, truly bringing to life the nature goddesses and their animal compatriots, from the cunning Coyote to numerous other members of the flora and fauna kingdoms. . . . An aesthetically pleasing and stimulating work of art.”— Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Agard’s rhythmic verse reads like a classic fable, with intriguing characters and an interesting premise.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: John Agard

John Agard, born in Guyana and now a resident in the UK, is a world-renowned poet and performer. He has won numerous awards including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Casa de las Americas Poetry Award.

Illustrator: Piet Grobler

Piet Grobler is a world-renowned South African illustrator of over 80 books. He has won numerous national and international prizes including the Octogone de Chine, the Primo Alpi Apuane, and Tiene Holloway Medal.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Coyote's Soundbite

A rip-roaring poem about protecting our planet, told through the eyes of Coyote the trickster. Excitement spreads like wildfire through the jungle. Earth-goddesses are planning a conference! From Australia to Antarctica, Amazon to Africa,… View available downloads →