From winter hunts to picnic foraging, Coyote makes his deliberate way through the seasons in his urban habitat. His adventures come to life in this lavishly illustrated tale.
Down at the lake, Coyote is hunting, eager to fill his empty belly. When winter ice crackles, springtime frogs warble, summer thunderclouds threaten, and autumn leaves tumble, Coyote searches for his next meal. He stalks voles, rabbits, snakes, and geese, but there's no guarantee he'll catch his dinner. If his stomach growls, he'll steal vegetables from a tidy garden or nibble snacks from a trash can, maybe even leftovers from a family's picnic. Coyotes live on the plains and in deserts, on farms and in woodlands; they even live in towns and cities.
In Hungry Coyote, lush, lifelike illustrations by natural history artist Laurie Caple accompany Cheryl Blackford's poetic imagining of a year in the life of an urban coyote. Across the pages, Coyote sneaks, skulks, and scurries in his constant quest to feed himself and his growing family. While Coyote hunts nearby, people enjoy a city park. At the lake, in the marsh, among the trees, children jump, twirl, and play, oblivious to his secret life. But if they listen closely they might overhear Coyote's wild nighttime conversations with his mate and pups. Is he planning his next hunt?
Cheryl Blackford is an award-winning freelance technical writer. She was born in England and attended Durham University. She moved to the United States with her husband and two children and now lives in Minnesota. Cheryl won the 2009 Shabo award for one of her picture book stories. Her fiction picture book about a very hungry coyote will be published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2015. Cheryl and her husband are the proud owners of a 1966 MG Midget sports car. Painted in British racing green, the MG has been restored to its original condition and almost never breaks down.
Laurie Caple has created artwork for more than twenty books as well as the periodicals American Girl and Cricket.