Emma and the Coyote
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Barbara Spurll
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, ISBN 0-7737-3140-7
Emma returns in this hilarious tale. She struts boldly where no chicken should go! Most chickens have enough sense to run when a coyote comes near. Not Emma. She thinks she can outfox a hungry canine despite the warnings of the farmer and his family. One day the suspense reaches a peak when the hungry coyote comes a little too close. Will Emma’s “uncanny good luck” hold out even if her common sense doesn’t?
Margriet Ruurs has once again created a hen-house farce that will draw chuckles from fans of this plucky chicken. Barbara Spurll’s trademark animal caricatures will delight as they bring this barnyard comedy to life.
Shortlisting, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Shining Willow Awards
Silver-medal winner of the 2000 Mr. Christie Book Award
Finalist, Tiny Torgi Literary Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection
Grand Prize, Ex aequo, 2000 Luxcanada for Illustration
A delightful, noodlehead pattern story…. Barbara Spurll’s Emma is a creature of wide-eyed amazement, furious energy and steely resolve. The farm world comes close up with her use of perspective.
– Paula Hart, Vancouver Sun
Emma is a hen with personality, persistence and pluck. The story of her ingenious ways of foiling the coyote is engaging, funny and had preschoolers clamouring to “read it again”!
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Teacher created Lesson Plan: https://www.margrietruurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Emma-Coyote-Lesson-Plan.pdf