Coyotes are not strange animals to most people in rural Kansas. However, with suburban sprawl, even near-city dwellers are coming in contact with coyotes. Cheryl Blackford and illustrator Laurie Caple tell the story of a year in the life of an urban coyote in Hungry Coyote. This grey and brown dog-like creature lives at the edge of a lake in a large park surrounded by the city. Starting in winter, we see coyote scrounge for food and slink away from people as he hunts to feed his young family, hidden among boulders. In spring mice, frogs, and other vermin are food, while in summer sausages from an untended picnic make for a fine feast for half-grown pups. In fall the nearly grown coyote family feeds on a goose just a bit too slow, and then it is winter again. Lovely watercolor, colored pencil, and pencil illustrations in a realistic style bring the reader to the coyote’s small spot of wildlife in the city.
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