Three Clever Coyote Pups (Tres Coyotitos Listos)

    1. What is the premise of Three Clever Coyote Pups (Tres Coyotitos Listos)?

    2. Why did you choose coyotes as your primary characters?

    3. The rattlesnake lends a little bit of danger and excitement to the story. How does that help compel a young reader to want to read on?

    4. You taught reading for many years in addition to being an English as a Second Language teacher. Is that is what drove you to publish your story in English and Spanish in the same book?

    5. What about your experiences as an educator most significantly impacts the methods you use to write for children?

    6. How long did it take to research and write the book?

    7. Your first book, GQ GQ. Where Are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail is also set in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. The main character, like the coyote pups, is also a native animal. What is your goal with these themes?

    8. With its accompanying curriculum guide, Three Clever Coyote Pups (Tres Coyotitos Listos) helps children develop a greater appreciation for the natural world. How would you like young readers to apply what they’ve learned?

    9. When discussing your new book with young readers what is the primary message a parent or teacher should emphasize?

    10. What was the one book that you remember the most distinctly from your childhood and why?

    GQ GQ. Where Are You? Adventures of a Gambel's Quail

      1. What is unique about the Gambel's quail and why is it called a "Gambel's" quail?

      2. What was your inspiration for the book?

      3. Tell us about the CD that you created for the book. How did you decide on the music and how long did it take to record?

      4. What is the average size of a Gambel's quail?

      5. How long did it take you to write the book?

      6. What was the most difficult part in writing it?

      7. As you were researching the Gambel's quail, what did you learn that really surprised you?

      8. What ages of children is GQ designed to reach?

      9. How can this book be used in a classroom?

      10. Do you have plans for another book?