A Coyote Columbus Story

Thomas King's children's book reimagines the story of Christopher Columbus from an Indigenous perspective.

Thomas King, illustrated by Kent Monkman

A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from an Indigenous point of view turns this tale on its ear! Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures in it. She is able to control all events to her advantage until a funny-looking red-haired man named Columbus changes her plans. He is unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles and beavers in Coyote's land. Instead he is interested in the human beings he can take to sell in Spain. Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus's voyages. In doing so, he invites children to laugh with him at the crazy antics of Coyote, who unwittingly allows Columbus to bring about the downfall of his human friends. King makes the point that history is influenced by the culture of the reporter. (From Groundwood Books)