Joan Sandin has written and illustrated many books for children,
both in the United States and in Sweden, where she lived for
several years. Among her books are the highly successful beginning
readers for HarperCollins. The idea for "Coyote School News" came
from Ms. Sandin's friendship with Maria Amado, a woman whose
pioneer Mexican family lived on a ranch similar to the one depicted
in this story. Ms. Sandin now resides in Tucson, Arizona, with her
"[A]n appealing story that will be a fine choice for reading aloud
in the classroom." --"Booklist "
"Sandin's love and knowledge of this land and its history are evident in both text and illustration." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Without didacticism, this book shows readers that Mexican traditions have been part of the American cultural landscape for generations, yet the book's appeal is broad and not limited to social studies units." "School Library Journal"