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Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
Twelve students of varying ages and their teacher are portrayed on the opening end papers with a date of September 1938. The closing end papers show the same group of people with the date of May 1939. Monchi, one of the students, relates his experiences within. He lives in Rancho San Isidro in southern Arizona and attends Coyote School with his brothers, sisters, cousins, and neighbors. They all like Miss Byers and her ideas for fun learning activities, especially her suggestion that they publish a newspaper. Articles and pictures produced by the students are featured on a single mimeographed sheet for each month. Most of Monchi's writings are about the promise of a silver dollar as a prize for perfect attendance. Other contributions feature school news and personal observations of the students. Celebrations and traditional customs bring holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas, to life. Participating in the parade for La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson and helping with his first roundup are highlights of Monchi's year. Author Sandin based the story on interviews with people who attended such a school and researched school newsletters of the era. Colorful illustrations and the inclusion of the newspapers contribute to the authenticity of the story. Spanish words and terms are written in Italics and defined in a glossary in the back. The introduction includes a Web site with examples of actual student newspapers. Although this is a fictionalized story, it has good potential for understanding this time and place in history. 2003, Henry Holt, $17.95. Ages 7 to 11.
Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2003 (Vol. 71, No. 13))
There's a delightful authenticity to this fictional account of the events of 1938 in a one-room school in the ranch country of southern Arizona. As explained in the author's note, the story is based on an actual collection of newspapers from a similar school, and upon the reminiscences of the author's good friend, Maria Amado. Sixteen brief chapters are accompanied by Sandin's lovely watercolors and her yellowed "reproductions" of the purple-inked copies of the student-produced "Coyote News." Bad roads, rattlesnakes, chile-picking, English, baseball, movies in Tucson, a Halloween party, a round-up, the Fiesta de los Vaqueros, and a competition for perfect attendance will keep readers turning the pages as they become engrossed in the lives of the 12 children and one teacher of Coyote School. Sandin's love and knowledge of this land and its history are evident in both text and illustrations. "LMuy Hermosa!" (glossary of Spanish words with pronunciations, maps, author's note) 2003, Henry Holt, $17.95. Category: Picture book. Ages 6 to 10. © 2003 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Inspired in part by newsletters written by students at Arizona ranch country schools in the '30s and '40s, Sandin (
Sharla Stanley (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 16, No. 2))
This is a delightful book set during 1938-1939. The illustrations are very colorful and help the reader to visualize exactly what is taking place. COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS is about the life of school children from rural ranchero backgrounds. It depicts not only the problems of traveling to and from school in rough terrain but also the lifestyles and family histories that they bring into their daily school lives. This year the children have a new teacher. She encourages them to write a school newspaper telling everyone in the community what activities the children have been involved in and offers special opportunities such as participating in the Tucson Rodeo Parade. They involve all the families in their Halloween party and hold a special Christmas celebration. This book will help children see what life and school in other times and areas were really like. Fiction. Grades 3-5. 2003, Holt, 45p., $17.95. Ages 8 to 11.
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.S217 Co 2003
080506558X (hc : alk. paper)|