Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains

Love and Roast Chicken A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains One day high in the Andes Mountains Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tio Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat Tio Antonio thinks he s found dinner but crafty Cu

  • Title: Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains
  • Author: Barbara Knutson
  • ISBN: 9781575056579
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One day, high in the Andes Mountains, Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tio Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat Tio Antonio thinks he s found dinner, but crafty Cuy has other plans Quick witted Cuy fools Tio Antonio not once, but three times Combining striking wood block artwork with an authentic South American voice, this sly tricksOne day, high in the Andes Mountains, Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tio Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat Tio Antonio thinks he s found dinner, but crafty Cuy has other plans Quick witted Cuy fools Tio Antonio not once, but three times Combining striking wood block artwork with an authentic South American voice, this sly trickster tale shows that clever thinking is key when you re out foxing the fox Discover about this title and Barbara Knutson at barbaraknutson.

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    1. I listened to this book on audio CD and it was fabuloso! Robert Ramirez brings so much life to the text, especially for an "anglo" like me. The story comes from the Andes Mountains. Barbara Knutson spent several years living in Lima, Peru, and experienced first-hand several different oral versions of the story. Here she has assembled all the great elements of a trickster tale, in particular a small, weak hero in the form of a guinea pig named Cuy. Although guinea pigs play a different role in An [...]

    2. Format: Picture BookAward: ALAN 2005 (ALA Notable Books for Children)This award is given for commendable quality and or creativity in chilren's literature.Cuy, a guinea pig, tries to trick Tio Antonio, a fox, who wants to eat him. In the Andes, the trickster is usually a fox, but the author knows one story where the guinea pig is the hero. He heard it many times but it was never told the same way. In this book he decided to combine his favorite versions.This book could be used with second and th [...]

    3. Year Published: 2004Awards: ALA Notable Book AwardAge Level: 5-10This book is a folktale about a guinea pig who tricks the fox into doing various tasks for him. Once you start reading the rest is very predictable. This would be a great story for young children to practice figuring out what will happen next.

    4. The illustrations in this folk tale are really captivating, stylized and thick black lines. The lesson we learn isn't what one would expect. We have our trickster guinea pig and gullible fox as our main characters whose roles are very well played throughout the plot. I would like to use this one on one for lapsits because of the lesson involved. Having the ability to sit and think through this book would be more beneficial.

    5. A question of translation:Okay, so it looks like I read "Love and Roast Chicken," but what I really read was "Amor y Pollo Asado: Un Cuento Andino de Enredos y Engaños," a Spanish translation of Barbara Knutson's story by Judy Goldman and Wendy A. Luft--which, I think, is really the best way to read this story since it's of Andean origin. According to Knutson, "He oído y leído este cuento muchas veces en español: en un bello y antiguo libro boliviano, de la boca de un guía peruano en un pue [...]

    6. This is a well researched sample of multicultural children's literature. The story is entertaining that children can relate to and laugh with. And there is a glossary at the end with pronunciation.

    7. The book, Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster is a folklore tale from the Andes Mountains in South America. This books’ intended audience is for the (P) Primary reading range, ages 5 through 8 years old.This book is a tale of a guinea pig that continuously is able to trick a fox into not eating him. In the end the guinea pig almost plays a trick on himself, but weasels his way out of it. Once again the fox is tricked.I gave this book a rating of 3. This was because I liked the illustrations th [...]

    8. The first reason I found this book is because of the beautiful cover. With bright colors emphasized by black outlining, it was so appealing. The story follows the usual structure of a trickster tale and while the back matter says in the Andes mostly the trickster is a grey fox, this time it’s a guinea pig, or “cuy”-guinea pig in Spanish, mixed with the ancient languages of Quechua or Aymara (what is spoken in the Andes). Other Andean words are included in the story, like “pobrecito” (p [...]

    9. This traditional tale features a cunning guinea pig, Cuy, who must outsmart a gullible fox, Tío Antonio, to avoid getting eaten. Cuy first tricks Tío Antonio into thinking the sky is falling and that he must hold it up with a big rock. Then he tricks Tío Antonio into thinking the whole world is on fire and that he must hide in a den. When Cuy gets into trouble with a local farmer, Tío Antonio finds him tied to a tree and plans to eat him, but once again Cuy outwits Tío Antonio – the fox t [...]

    10. Publication: 2004Grade/Age: Ages 5-10 Annotation: A trickster tale from South America about a guinea pig who continually outmaneuvers the fox.Themes: Andes Mountains and the indigenous people of this region, folklore and trickster tales of South America, Spanish languageWays to use the book:Write a different ending to this story.Make a Spanish/English picture dictionary using some of the words and phrases from the book. Act out the story or do a Reader’s Theater.Research Peru, Bolivia, and Sou [...]

    11. What really wins me over is that there's roast chicken in the title.No, no. What really wins me over is the art. (And that there's roast chicken in the title.) And that it's all set in Peru (well, the Andes Mountains!) and has a cuy (named Cuy!) as its star. It's so beautiful!!The story is verr nice: a blend of many familiar folktales that seem to have slipped from one culture to another. But what really kills me are the elements I've listed above.This story could have used more roast chicken.(P [...]

    12. 10/09: What a cute little story! Cuy (pronounced "KWEE" and means "Guinea Pig") the Guinea Pig outsmarts a fox and a farmer. Book Description:One day, high in the Andes Mountains, Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tío Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat! Tío Antonio thinks he s found dinner, but crafty Cuy has other plans. Quick-witted Cuy fools Tío Antonio not once, but three times. Combining striking wood block artwork with an authentic South American vo [...]

    13. A spunky free-ranging guinea pig hero, an equally lovable, gullible villain and the happy mash-up of several familiar folk tales make this gorgeously illustrated trickster tale a story worth repeated re-enactment in the schoolyard with friends (really!).You can listen in on our chat about this book on ourJust One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.justonemorebook/2008/0

    14. Cuy the Guinea Pig is out looking for something delicious to eat when he sees Tio Antonio the Fox coming after him, quite possibly also looking for something delicious to eat. Cuy goes from trying to escape the fox to out foxing the fox several times, so much so that the fox goes out of his way to avoid Cuy, no matter how delicious he may seem. This is a tradition tale the author learned while living in Peru which has been told many different ways throughout the years. The author has combined th [...]

    15. Cuy, that ingenious guinea pig outsmarts the fox every time. Cuy tricks him by claiming the sky is falling, the earth is on fire and finally making him believe the farmer tied him up because of 'love and roast chicken'. He tells fox that the farmer tied him up because he wouldn't marry the farmer's daughter and eat roast chicken every day. Fox gladly takes his place and Cuy ties him up. The farmer is in for a surprise the next morning when fox is tied up. When the farmer hears the story from fox [...]

    16. Cuy is a guinea pig who just wants to eat his fill of sweetgrass without being bothered by the worrisome fox, Tio Antonio. But this trickster lives up to his name and outwits the fox over and over again. But then, when Cuy comes up with his best plan yet, he it outsmarted by the farmer. How is the little guinea pig going to get out of this one?Super, super cute. The illustrations are bright, colorful and simple. The story is fun and silly (I especially loved the "disguise" that Cuy comes up with [...]

    17. Cuy (who is taking the role of Br'er Rabbit in these tales - he even gets caught with a "tar" (sticky gum) baby at one point!) is very very little. And when you're very very little and there's a big fox that wants to eat you and farms that don't want you to eat their alfalfa, you have to find a way to survive.Cuy survives by tricking people. He convinces Fox that the world is about to end, and that the sky is about to fall. He convinces the farmer that he's a very very small field hand. (This cr [...]

    18. Knutson, Barbara, Love and Roast Chicken: a Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains, Carolrhonda Books, 2004, Andes Region folklore, age: 6-9, lexile: AD570L, rating: 5This folktale is about Guinea Pig and Fox. Fox keeps trying to eat Guinea Pig and he keeps tricking Fox, and Fox falls for Guinea Pig’s tricks every time.I rate this 5 for the use of language and dialogue. I appreciate that there is Spanish incorporated throughout the text and there is translations at the end of the book. In add [...]

    19. While not for the little ones due to the length, this is an amazing book for school-aged kids. I've used it many times on class visits with kids up through sixth grade, and it is always perfect. Granted, I'm an enthusiastic and energetic reader who is willing to really engage with the story, but it works! I love being able to use folktales, but this one really sets the standard. Highly recommended.

    20. This is a humorous folktale from the Andes Mountains. We loved the adorable guinea pig, although I know that they are a popular food source. We loved the different ways that he tricks the fox and the farmer. I also liked that the author combined parts of several classic folktales to weave a story of his own. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish, with a woodblock kind of texture. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

    21. First of all, I am delighted by the artwork! I think Knutson must have been inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night.Her artistic style is very abstract, and uses pastels I believe. Cuy, the antagonist in the story, is a small guinea pig living high in the Andes Mountains who is bothered by the troublesome fox, Tio Antonio. It's a fun story, and the illustrations are really what makes the book shine. A recommended read for 2nd grade and up.

    22. This trickster tale is a good example of how different cultures may use the same themes and even some of the same tricks! For example, this story uses the tar baby trick also seen in A Story, A Story and the Brer Rabbit tales. Here, our hero is a guinea pig who outwits a fox. He convinces him to hold up the sky, trap himself in a cave to avoid the end of the world, and tie himself up and get caught by the farmer. It ends on a really silly note, so it's a winner for read-aloud.

    23. Wait, the fox isn't the trickster? It's a guinea pig? Say whaaat?A sticky part reminiscent of Brer Rabbit shows up (something similar appears in Anansi Does The Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale too) which makes me wonder just how prevalent sticky traps are in folklore. There's a research paper I'd like to read. Love the title.

    24. This book was a humorous folk tale of a guinea pig, Cuy who is constantly trick Tio Antonio a wolf. He tricks him into all kinds of things trying to avoid being eaten by him. Tio Antonio falls for his tricks every time. This is a funny book with very nick illustrations. I think it would be a good book to read with children age 5-8 I think they would think it is very funny.

    25. This is like a combination of Borreguita and the Coyote and Brer Rabbit, only with a hilarious guinea pig. I would definitely pair it with either of the aforementioned texts for a lesson on trickster folktales.

    26. This story too was a little over The Whirl Girl's head. The tricks that the guinea pig played on the fox were too abstract for her, and were difficult to modify to her level. The story was too difficult to follow for her age group. She did like that it featured a guinea pig and a fox and still chose to read it many nights for that reason.

    27. classic trickster tale - cute that the main character is a guinea pig. i really did end up feeling sorry for the fox, a little. just goes to show that when you get angry, you aren't as smart as when you calm down and thinke dark black lines made it a little difficult to interpret the drawings without really looking, which could be the point.enjoyable, though.

    28. I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh at the many times that Cuy would lie to his Tio Antonio and how he would end up believing all of his lies. It is an innocent read-aloud for any grade level.

    29. I didn't know that guinea pigs are native to Peru! I enjoyed this trickster tale, which contains one element from a certain Uncle Remus story. The illustrations were colorful and cute. Recommended!

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