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Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale

Book Review:

Coyote Steals the Blanket, A Ute Tale is a wonderful and exciting book that takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime! The story is retold and illustrated by Janet Stevens. The story was first told by Gail Robinson and Douglas Hill and was called "Coyote Steals the Blanket" from a book called Coyote the Trickster. The story begins with Coyote thinking he should be King of the Desert until little Hummingbird says, "Watch out there is danger ahead. There are blankets ahead but don't touch them for they are not yours." Coyote thinking he is tough stuff continues to not pay any attention to little ol' Hummingbird's warnings. Soon enough he comes along the blankets and takes one for himself not caring for the huge rocks they are laying on. Little did he know the rocks have spirits of the desert in them and the one whose blanket he took starts rumbling after him. Coyote with the help of some desert animal friends tries everything to escape this rock. It's not until little Hummingbird comes back and saves him with a few whirs of her wings that Coyote learns his lesson…or does he? The theme of this book is don't take things that don't belong to you, or you may get something you didn't bargain for.

The illustrations in this book are very well done. The way Stevens draws Coyote is amazing. Her drawings really bring oout Coyote's personality. Stevens' desert scenes bring the desert to life in this book. The colors are the true colors of the Southwest. The ending is one you will never forget!

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