Part of Chiquita's cultural heritage comes from Peru, so I was excited to find this traditional legend at our local library! We checked out the Spanish version, but it's also available in English. It is the Andean flood legend and in this version the llama is the one who leads the man and all the animals to safety on the top of a high peak when Mamacocha (the ocean) floods the earth.
It was fairly heavy text, so I would recommend this more for pre-schoolers and older, though if you're a good storyteller you can paraphrase the story for toddlers and enjoy the beautiful pictures. There's also lines that repeat that are great to have kids repeat with you as you tell the story. I've found that it's a great way to keep kids involved in the book and improve their language skills. It was fun to see all the Andean animals.
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I am so excited to be participating in the Read Around the World Summer Reading Series from Multicultural Kid Blogs! All summer bloggers from all over the world have been sharing their recommendations of great multicultural books for all ages! For more details and the full schedule, visit the series main page. You can also follow along on our Summer Reading Pinterest Board!