Summary: A Peruvian rendition of the Great Flood story, in which a llama warns
the people and animals to seek shelter on Huillcacoto to avoid the rising sea, Mamacocha (Verso 1993).
Type: Pourquoi - because this story tells us why the foxes have black
tips on their tales and why the Llamas are special.
Characters: The main character is a man that is hardworking and loves his Llama.
He is very concerned and caring about his animal. The Llama is the wise one of this story and convinces the man that
the end of the world is coming by a flood.
Setting: The first page of this story sets the time and place, "Long ago,
high on a plateau in the Andes Mountains..." (Palacios , p. 1). The illustrations of the mountains, the Llama, their
clothes, and sandles, turquoise bracelet, rock houses, clay pottery, flamingoes, and condors all reflect the Peruvian culture.
Plot: The Llama tells his master that there will be a great flood and he needs to
take his family and warn everyone to go to the highest mountain, Huillcacoto until it is over. All of the animals listen
to him except for the fox. When the water is almost to the tip of the mountain, the foxes finally run up the mountain,
but their tails are still in the water. Darkness sets over the land and when it is over, the foxes have a black stain
on the tips of their tales.
Theme: I really did not get a theme out of this story. Instead, it was just
why the foxes had black tips and why the Llama's are so special to the Peruvian people.