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The Legend of Food Mountain

Rohmer, Harriet.  1998.  The legend of food mountain.  San Francisco, CA:  Children's Book Press.

Summary: An Aztec legend recounting how a giant red ant helped the ancient god, Quetzalcoatl, bring corn to the first hungry people of earth.

Type: Wonder - because there is magic.

Character: The god, Quetzalcoatl, is the creator of the people, but he is not as powerful as a god should be. He cannot feed his people and the rain dwarfs steal the food from Food Mountain.

Setting: This is established from the first paragraph, "In the beginning of our world..." The masks, head gear, colors, and people all reflect the Indian culture.

Plot: The god, Quetzalcoatl tries to find food for his people. He transforms into an ant and brings back corn. In the end, the rain dwarfs steal the food and now the people from the world have to call for the rain to bring them food.

Theme: I do not think there is a theme, just a fact, that without rain, we cannot have food

Rating: 2 out of 5

This book was boring and hard to follow.  The illustrations were very busy and distracted from the text.  I could tell my students did not like this folktale either.

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Legend of Food Mountain: LA Montana Del Alimento

Here are some quotes from my students:
"I liked how the god turned into an ant."
"This story was very boring."
"I did not like the pictures because they were hard to understand."
"I did not like how it ended."

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