Written by Maria Gianferrari, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
A howl in the night. A watchful eye in the darkness. A flutter of movement among the trees. Coyotes. In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feed her hungry pups. Her hunt takes her through a suburban town, where she encounters a mouse, a rabbit, a flock of angry geese, and finally an unsuspecting turkey on the library lawn. POUNCE! Perhaps Coyote’s family won’t go hungry today.
Primary Source Pairing:
Coyote Moon is a beautiful informational text that shows us a night in the life of a coyote. For this primary source pairing, use a photograph of an eastern coyote and study its features. This would be a wonderful read aloud to add to an animal adaptations science lesson.
Questions for Discussion:
- Describe what you see.
- What do you notice first?
- What’s happening in the image?
- What is the setting?
- What features do you observe on the coyote?
- How do these or adaptations help the coyote survive?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Coyote image: Wikipedia