Children's LiteratureElements of Chicken Little and Breh Rabbit and the Tar Baby can be found in this clever trickster tale from South America. Cuy Guinea Pig is quick to act and always one step ahead of the wily fox whose only desire is to enjoy Cuy as a tasty meal. Cuy resorts to hilarious tricks to outwit fox, from telling fox that the world is ending in a rain of fire, to getting caught by the sticky gum doll in the alfalfa field and convincing fox that if he changes places with him he can marry the farmer's daughter and eat chicken everyday. It is easy to root for this spunky little critter and equally easy to have some sympathy for the hapless fox. Vibrant paintings in muted earth tones with a heavy black outline reflect the flavor of the locale in the Andean dress and the landscape. A source note provides background for the tale and a pronunciation guide helps with the Spanish words scattered throughout the text. In the best folkloric tradition this is a tale filled with charm, and humor. 2004, CarolRhoda Books, Ages 6 to 10.