COYOTE The Barking Dog

August 17, 2011

Coyote 

The Barking Dog

By Natalie Lunis

Bearport, 2012

Animal Loudmouth Series

ISBN #978-1-61772-279-0

Grades K-3

Nonfiction

“It is nighttime in the woods. A few short, squeaky yips and yaps come from a coyote somewhere in the distance. Soon more yipping and yapping starts up in another spot. Before long, other voices join in, and the yips turn into howls.”

Coyotes have a special place in my heart. One of my Austin College professors, the late Dr. Howard McCarley, studied wolves and coyotes. On a field trip with a class I took, he demonstrated a coyote call. I could hardly keep from laughing. However, I tried it, and got a terrific response from the local coyotes. He invited me to work accompany him on his research and I managed to get the coyotes to respond almost every time. He recorded the sounds for further study. Turns out my college-aged voice was quite similar to coyote pups. It was one of the more interesting side aspects of college! As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to blog about it.

Coyote starts with the sounds the animal makes, explaining the purpose and significance of the calls. Habitat, hunting, team work, pups, and living with coyotes are included in the narrative text. The book explains the prevalence of coyotes and their ability to adapt to many kinds of habitats. Short captions explain the photographs.

Excellent photographs of coyotes in action liven up the spreads and break up the information. In keeping with the series, the decibel levels of coyote calls are included with a range of other noises on a page titled Sound Check.

Back matter includes a picture glossary, an index, read more, and a short author blurb. This book makes me want to howl with joy—be sure to check it out.

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Activity

Look up statistics of coyotes, foxes, and wolves. Create a way to compare the sizes of these related animals and add specific facts about where they live, what they eat, how they hunt, color, and number in the litter. Identify ways they are similar and ways they are different.

This site has interesting information about coyotes.

Read more coyote facts here.

National Geographic has good information.

Check out gray wolves here.

National Geographic has fox information here.

National Science Standard: growth and development of organisms; social interactions and group behavior

Book provided by Bearport during TLA.


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