Coyote Christmas A Lakota Story
Coyote Christmas
A Lakota Story
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2007
  • Price: $18.95
  • Trim Size: 9 x 10 14
  • ISBN: 978-0-8109-9367-9
  • EAN: 9780810993679
  • Page Count: 40
  • Format: Hardcover

Christmas with a Lakota trick!

A traditional Native American character gets a modern update in this charming Christmas tale

On Christmas Eve, Coyote wants to find some people to trick out of a hot meal. Sneaky Coyote is known in the Native American tradition as the Trickster. He knows that there's one character people can't refuse on Christmas Eve: Santa Claus! Using straw for a jolly belly and wool for his Santa's beard, the Trickster fools a family into welcoming him to their Christmas meal. But just when he thinks he's gotten away with his ruse, taking their food and leaving the family with nothing, he's foiled by a strange occurrence. Could it be a Christmas miracle?

Coyote's antics, beautifully told and illustrated by S. D. Nelson, will delight readers, and his eventual comeuppance just in time for Christmas makes this a perfect holiday tale.

About the author

S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the Dakotas. He is the author of two previous children’s books, Gift Horse and Star People. School Library Journal called Gift Horse “fluid in both narrative and illustrations,” and Kirkus called Star People “an exemplary offering.” He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Check out his work at