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Award-winning author Jennifer Ward presents There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea, a whimsical children's picturebook offering an outrageous take on a common children's nursery rhyme. Following the exploits of a hungry coyote who sets out to gulp down everything in sight - and the perplexed appetizers socializing in his tummy - There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea blends the vibrant, cartoony art of Steve Gray and singsong rhythm to create a rollicking funny tale. "He swallowed the cactus to go with the chile. / He swallowed the chile to season the bird. / He swallowed the bird to catch the snake. / He swallowed the snake to catch the lizard. / He swallowed the lizard to catch the flea, / Plucked from his knee, that tickly flea. / Yippe-o-ki-yee?" -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873588983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873588980
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Often a new take on a beloved favorite is doubly appealing due to the familiarity of the piece and the originality of its latest incarnation. Such is the case with There Was A Coyote Who Swallowed A Flea as it is given a spicy Southwestern flavor.

Youngsters will love the sing-song rhyme and giggle at the ridiculous coyote who considered everything to be dinner. First of all, he ingested a flea which he found on his knee. That's probable. But the hilarity increases when he swallows a lizard that "slithered right down to his gizzard" to catch the flea. Then, what catches a lizard? A snake, of course. Poor, poor coyote, it seems he can't win for losing.

What he finally swallows is surprise that will leave youngsters laughing out loud at such silly shenanigans.

Steve Gray's bold, comical illustrations are perfect companions for this laugh provoking tale.

- Gail Cooke
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jennifer Ward is the author of The Seed and the Giant Saguaro, which received the Young Readers' Award honor book for the First Grade Book for the state of Arizona. It was selected by Arizona's Governor. Ward resides in Tucson and her environment lends itself to the children's books she writes.

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea is the retelling of an old rhyme. Coyote swallows most everything in sight in this children's story. He starts with a flea and works his way through a lizard, snake, bird, chile, cactus, a ten gallon hat, a boot, a bull (oh my!), and finally the moon. And then... Well, that's a surprise!

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea is a raucous tail of a Coyote and his antics. It's a delightful story that will result in belly laughs. The illustrations are large, bold and silly. No, that's not enough. They're just plain zany. And that's a good thing.

Armchair Interviews says: This book will be a favorite of children and the adults will love it also.
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Format: Hardcover
Award-winning author Jennifer Ward presents There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea, a whimsical children's picturebook offering an outrageous take on a common children's nursery rhyme. Following the exploits of a hungry coyote who sets out to gulp down everything in sight - and the perplexed appetizers socializing in his tummy - There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea blends the vibrant, cartoony art of Steve Gray and singsong rhythm to create a rollicking funny tale. "He swallowed the cactus to go with the chile. / He swallowed the chile to season the bird. / He swallowed the bird to catch the snake. / He swallowed the snake to catch the lizard. / He swallowed the lizard to catch the flea, / Plucked from his knee, that tickly flea. / Yippe-o-ki-yee?"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on October 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Here's a unique spin on "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." This cumulative children's song is transported to the dry desert Southwest in Jennifer Ward's sprightly takeoff, There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea. A big-eyed, rather goofy looking coyote begins his epicurean adventure with a flea plucked from his knee. The initial stanzas retain the logic of the original: he swallows a bird to catch a snake that he swallows to catch a lizard that he swallows to catch the flea.
Following the bird, old Coyote's diet becomes decidedly bizarre--always with a southwestern flavor, of course. In rapid success he gulps down a chile pepper, a ten-gallon hat, a cowboy boot, a cactus, and more. Just when the reader thinks the coyote will surely burst, a surprising but satisfying plot twist saves the day--and the omnivorous coyote.
Computer art by Tucson native Steve Gray is an apt match for this updated text. Colorful caricatures romp across the pages with cheerful good humor. The result is a fun read-aloud for cartoon-loving kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lara-Ashley on October 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is completely over the top. Coming from a girl with nieces in Arizona-this is a great, fun desert read. This book takes the story of a woman who swallowed a fly to another level. The art work is incredible. The story and the expression on the coyote's face becomes more and more outrageous as it details everything on the menu. Awesome book for story time with your kids. Very fun with great art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jay jay on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are excellent! Children love to search for the flea and other characters as the story progresses through costume changes and additions of new "food" as the hungry coyote eats his way through the day (and into the night). Repetition of key phrases encourages the wee reader to join the fun while developing memory skills, sequencing and anticipation. I love to read this book as much as my children love to hear it. As a speech-language pathologist, I use it in my work with children in preschool through third grade.
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By SleazyRider on February 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Move over, Dr. Seuss, because Jennifer Ward is about to share the spotlight with you when it come to children's literary classics. This delightful, must-read book spins a whimsical tale of a hapless coyote with a voracious appetite for things bigger than he can chew. Children (and adults) will love absurdity of it all, especially given the outstanding illustrations by Steven Gray which seem to jump out of every page.
This is the perfect childrens's book: it captivates, stimulates, entertains, encourages creativity, and is just the right length for bedtime or anytime. Moreover, it gives the adult reader plenty of latitude for improvisation when reading it to an individual child or class. You'll love it!
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