What’s a little lamb to do about a fierce coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course and and trick him again and trick him one more. Borreguita and the Coyote has ratings and 77 reviews. Manybooks said: Petra Mather’s illustrations are bright, and actually rather sweet, if not cute. A hungry coyote wants Borreguita (little lamb) for a meal. Can Borreguita outwit the coyote and escape a cruel end?.

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Some vorreguita those quick ideas that little lamb had were pretty clever and humorous. Jun 06, Janelle rated it it was ok Recommended to Janelle by: Furthermore, by portraying the wolf or in this tale, the coyote as the only culprit, responsibility for the plight of the victims is also often taken from those who are meant to care for and protect those in their charge.

I admit I was nervous though, about whether the little lamb’s trickery would do her in. For me, it kind ans felt along the lines of the three little pigs.

Although, one of the parts of the book could be seen as stereotypical.

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I really enjoyed the story of the lamb outsmarting the coyote. It’s a good representation of Mexican culture and can be used paired with a lesson on that topic. When the Coyote wants to eat Borreguita, she is left with no choice but the trick the Coyote. The Borreguita leads the coyote to a pond and tells him that the moon’s reflection is the cheese and that he must jump into the pond to taste the cheese. CCBC Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices, Hungry Coyote thinks that Borreguita, the little lamb, would make a tasty meal but every time he meets her she manages to outsmart him, leaving him not only hungry but humiliated as well.


The straightforward, colorful illustrations by Petra Mathers complement the subtle humor in the text. This is a fun story, with a smart little ewe lamb Borreguita out-foxing the coyote.

Her first trick is famous in “fool” stories around the world.

I also appreciated the glossary which defined the Spanish words borgeguita and provided a pronunciation guide. I loved this book! Aardema was married twice, and died in in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Borreguita and borrevuita Coyote: No trivia or quizzes yet. The first and last cover pages have hispanic burial customs and references to the Day of the Dead. Borreguita and the Coyote Author: It’s funny because the coyote constantly wanted to eat her but always fell for her tricks. I loved the fun language and the creativity of the lamb.

Coyotee shares a tale from Ayutla, Mexico. Today, I do feel just a bit sorry for the coyote, but as a child I would have been somewhat frightened by him, and would have been wholeheartedly rooting for the lamb, which I basically was now too.

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The coyote wants to eat him but the sly lamb fools the coyote. In a departure from her typical African tales, Verna Aardema retells this traditional Mexican trickster tale in which a borreguita little sheep outsmarts the all-powerful coyote. View all 5 comments. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A comical story about the underdog tricking t When the Coyote wants to eat Borreguita, she is left with no choice but the trick the Coyote.

The humor of the story is expanded by the illustrations. Borreguita and the Coyote. The sneakiness of the sheep is what makes the story enjoyable for children to read.

Jul 28, Mckinley rated it it was ok Shelves: There is a glossary at the beginning which I know is meant to be helpful but is really unnecessary since the concepts are all explained in the story. Both reviews give a brief summary to the tale borreguiha the Borreguita and the Coyote.


The bright illustrations create a setting in the Mexican mountains, creating an understanding for readers where these animals may live in this country. Another of my few quibbles is that coyote is shown as a thug-like carnivore, more like a wolf than a thin, active, curious, real coyote.

Clever Borreguita the lamb must avoid being eaten by the coyote, and manages this through a series of tricks. This book would be appropriate for kindergarten aged children up te third or even fourth graders. The second review gives a more thoughtful response when it comes to the illustrations in the story, mentioning the vibrant colors for a Mexican setting.

Third, she tricks the Coyote into thinking he has won, but ends up head-butting him. Return to Book Page. Borreguita and the Coyote is the retelling of a Mexican folktale where a little lamb must outsmart a hungry coyote in order to save himself.

In the end the coyote learned his lesson and never bothered the little lamb again. I read this to my 3rd grade students, who giggled at the creative tricks revealed in the text and illustrations.

Aug 06, Ronyell rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ronyell by: View all 7 comments. She went on to write over thirty more books, most of them folkloric retellings. Be the first to ask a question about Borreguita and the Coyote. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Finally, the coyote demands to eat the lamb, who convinces him that his mouth is large enough to swallow her whole. Aardema’s brief retelling is a fine combination of chatty dialogue and comfortable description. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.