I am Coyote

Geri Vistein

Book - 2015

Three-year-old Coyote leaves home in search of a mate, traveling five hundred miles through a harsh Canadian winter to Maine, where her descendents will play a vital role in the ecology of the Eastern United States.

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Published
Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers 2015.
Edition
First hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-184).
ISBN
9780884484660
0884484661
Main Author
Geri Vistein (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–7—This creative blend of fiction and nonfiction tells the story of a coyote, from cradle to grave. It starts when she separates from her mother and littermates and makes a 500-mile journey over harsh terrain from Canada to Maine. The book is narrated in the third person, and readers are privy to commentary on what Coyote is thinking and feeling as she encounters one challenge after another. The author's background as a conservation biologist comes through; Coyote's circumstances and behavior are authentic. For example, Vistein conjures up an image of the playful and agile dance of a coyote hunting mice in the field, and then she carefully explains the importance of coyotes keeping the mouse population in balance. This is a simple yet intricate case study, rather than more conventional animal fiction. Readers will come away with a genuine appreciation for these creatures and their role in nature. VERDICT This unique addition will serve students who are fascinated by wildlife and truly interested in understanding how ecosystems work.—Amy Thurow, New Glarus School District, WI [Page 106]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Three-year-old Coyote leaves home in search of a mate, traveling five hundred miles through a harsh Canadian winter to Maine, where her descendents will play a vital role in the ecology of the Eastern United States.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Journeying by night through the dead of winter, she endures extreme cold, hunger, and a harrowing crossing of the St. Lawrence River in Montreal before her cries of loneliness are finally answered in the wilds of Maine. The mate she finds must gnaw off a paw to escape a trap. The first coyotes in the northern U.S., they raise pups (losing several), experience summer plenty, winter hardship, playfulness, and unmistakable love and grief. Blending science and imagination with magical results, this story tells how coyotes may have populated a land desperately in need of a keystone predator, and no one who reads it will doubt the value of their ecological role.Told through the eyes of a coyote, this is a riveting story with mythic dimensions.A work of creative nonfiction that adheres to the highest standards of wildlife biology.With deep insights into wild canine behavior, penetrates the veil of “otherness” that separates us from the animals with whom we share the planet.An appendix explores the history and current status of coyotes in North America. Native Americans considered them tricksters, messengers, and companions. Given the disappearance of wolves, they are even more critical to ecosystem health today. The author explains how, without coyotes, prey species are weakened by disease and parasites.Geri Vistein speaks extensively about coyote-human interactions to a variety of audiences. She is a nationally recognized expert on the topic and maintains the website CoyoteLivesInMaine.com.A QR code in the book takes readers to a hauntingly beautiful recording of coyote song.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Journeying by night through the dead of winter, she endures extreme cold, hunger, and a harrowing crossing of the St. Lawrence River in Montreal before her cries of loneliness are finally answered in the wilds of Maine. The mate she finds must gnaw off a paw to escape a trap.  The first coyotes in the northern U.S., they raise pups (losing several), experience summer plenty, winter hardship, playfulness, and unmistakable love and grief.  Blending science and imagination with magical results, this story tells how coyotes may have populated a land desperately in need of a keystone predator, and no one who reads it will doubt the value of their ecological role.Told through the eyes of a coyote, this is a riveting story with mythic dimensions.A work of creative nonfiction that adheres to the highest standards of wildlife biology.With deep insights into wild canine behavior, penetrates the veil of “otherness” that separates us from the animals with whom we share the planet.An appendix explores the history and current status of coyotes in North America. Native Americans considered them tricksters, messengers, and companions. Given the disappearance of wolves, they are even more critical to ecosystem health today. The author explains how, without coyotes, prey species are weakened by disease and parasites.Geri Vistein speaks extensively about coyote-human interactions to a variety of audiences. She is a nationally recognized expert on the topic and maintains the website CoyoteLivesInMaine.com.A QR code in the book takes readers to a hauntingly beautiful recording of coyote song.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Coyoteis three years old when she leaves her family in Algonquin Provincial Park inOntario and embarks on a 500-mile odyssey eastward in search of a territory ofher own and a mate to share it with.