Summary: In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts
the fox that wants to eat him for dinner (Verso 2004).
Type: Beast - because the animals talk and act like humans and someone
always outwits someone else.
Characters: Cuy, the guinea pig, is very clever, cute, a quick-thinker, and the
trickster. Fox is the one being tricked. He is not so smart, but he never gives up until the end.
Setting: The first paragraph tells us this story takes place "One day in the
high Andes Mountains" (Knutson p.1) and the time is "a long, long time" (Knutson, last page). None of the illustrations
really has anything to do with the Latino culture. The colors are soft and light, instead of vibrant.
Plot: This tale is about Cuy, the guinea pig trying to outwit the fox so he
won't get eaten. He tricks the fox with the boulder, the fire, and the farmer. In the end, the fox decided he
did not want to be tricked by Cuy again so he stayed away from him forever.
Theme: Don't always believe what someone says, make your own decisions.