Claire’s Coyote Friends
Written by Christy Burbidge
Illustrated by Mary Jo Helchowski
Claire lives in a house on a golf course with her dad and rescue beagle, Buddy. Every day after school, Claire and Buddy go for a walk on the course—it’s Claire’s favorite part of the day!
The golf course is home to many animal friends: geese, swans, and…
Claire hears barking…what is that, puppies?!
Upon learning the babies are actually coyote pups, Claire becomes enamored and researches their needs and how they differ from Buddy’s. Claire’s Coyote Friends is an exploration of and helps children understand a different type of bond—one where we can feel close to others even if we can’t spend time with them.
About the Author
Christy Burbidge is the author of Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale. She is Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry Journal and has been published in several literary journals and magazines. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works in the mental health field. Visit her online at www.christyburbidge.com.
About the Illustrator
Mary Jo Helchowski is a children’s book illustrator who lives in Essex, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Lyme Academy of Fine Art with a degree in illustration. Her artwork has been featured in galleries including Spectrum in Centerbrook, Connecticut, and other children’s books about everything from baseball to bumblebees. She hopes her pictures made you smile! Visit her online at www.maryjohelchowski.com.