Summary: Rabbit outwits Coyote in the Zapotec tale which explains why coyotes howl
at the moon.
Type: Porquoi and beast- because this story tells us why the coyote
howls and why we have a rabbit in the moon; and beast because it is a trickster tale where animals talk and act like humans
and tries to outwit each other.
Characters: The main characters are rabbit and coyote. Even though they
are very flat, the rabbit is wise and smart and always outsmarts the coyote, and the coyote is very determined and perseveres
to the end.
Setting: There is no mention of when or where this story takes place other
than in a field and pictures of mountains. The author gives the reader a note before the story and says this story comes
from the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca, Mexico. The clothes of the farmer, the sombrero's worn by the farmer and the
scarecrow, the adobe house with the Virgin of Guadalupe by the door, the maracha's the rabbit and coyote have in their hands,
and the vibrant colors all represent the hispanic culture.
Plot: Rabbit tricks and outsmarts the coyote throughout the story, from eating
chile's in the garden, to tying up the Coyote at the farmer's house, holding back a bolder, and finally hiding in the moon.
Since the rabbit is hiding in the moon, the coyote gazes at it every night and howls.
Theme: Sometimes the smartest and wisest characters make the best decisions.