Long ago, the Peruvians say, a llama dreamed about a great flood that would overflow the world. The llama was so upset that he would not eat. When his owner asked why he was so upset, the llama told him of the flood and how the Peruvians could be saved by climbing to the top of a mountain, called Willka Qutu.

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Ellen Alexander
Ellen Alexander has traveled to South America many times. She hikes or rides horseback into the mountains and sketches or paints what she sees. After she read the myth about the llama who saved people from a great flood, she decided to write a book about it, “I want to show North American children the beauty that can be found in another culture,” Ms. Alexander says.
Another Book by Ellen Alexander
Chaska and the Golden Doll (Arcade, 1994)