Illustrator: Jamie Lyn Davis
This book is a collection of 20 folktales that encourage the reader to dig a bit deeper and explore the inner meanings of the stories. Thought-provoking questions throughout the book inspire the reader to seek wisdom and perhaps think about their own unique gifts and purpose in life. The colorful and whimsical illustrations in this book, offer the reader a visual glimpse into the world of the forest friends: the main character, Coyote and his crew. The stories are told by Coyote, and his friends of the forest, Raccoon, Bobcat, Fox, Bear, Scrub Jay and Possum, among others. Each story is followed by a commentary by one of Coyote’s disciples, River Otter, who poses questions and challenges to the reader.
I found these stories to be entertaining and stimulating. I related to some stories more strongly than others. As I read each story, I could feel myself becoming present in it, as if I were a part of it. I was intrigued by River Otter’s commentary at the end of each story and the opportunity it provided for deeper reflection.
I related on a personal level to the story, ‘Trespassers’. This story was about a group of young squirrels that repeatedly obeyed ‘No Trespassing’ signs to make mischief in a beautiful redwood grove. Coyote found a solution to this problem by calling attention to the connection that both he and the squirrels felt for the grove. A quote from this story that had the most resonance within me was, “He realized that in the web spun by the many thoughts of their heart-minds, there was a strand, a thread that is the natural capacity for connection with the land.”
These entertaining stories are well suited to read and discuss with friends around a campfire. Each reader will find a story or stories in this collection that will resonate within them. I recommend this book for anyone who seeks a deeper connection with their own inner world and with nature and its healing powers. I also recommend it to nature guides and group leaders for use in a group setting.
This book is available in Kindle format on Amazon.com