This book introduces young readers to the coyote, a sacred animal in many cultures. Easy-to-read text examines the coyote's development as a cultural icon, from Native American totems and rituals through tales and legends of the American west, to today's status as a symbol of the Southwest. Readers will also learn about the coyote's body, its appearance, size, and various colors. The coyote's method of reproduction is discussed, as is cub development and life cycle. Readers will discover what coyotes like to eat. Also covered is the coyote's habitat, and a range map shows where in the world coyotes live. Informative sidebars highlight additional information, including the coyote's scientific classification. Predators, including humans, are also discussed, along with threats to the coyote's environment, as well as conservation efforts to preserve this special creature. Bolded glossary terms, phonetic spellings, and an index enhance readability for young iconologists. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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