Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Nusta Diminuta


Bilingual (English/Spanish) and sprinkled with Quechua phrases. Historical fiction children’s book set in the times of the Incan Empire.

Follow the adventures of Kutu, a princess the size of an ear of corn, who sets on a journey to save her people from a terrible drought.

Written by: Mariana Llanos

Illustrated by: Uldarico Sarmiento.

Themes: Inca culture, Multicultural, Multilingual, Inca mythology, Perseverance, Self-steem, South American cultures

Read aloud: 5 years and up

Independent reading level: 2nd grade and up

Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/ La Ñusta Diminuta, is a perfect read aloud for the whole family, or for independent readers 7 – 10 years old. Fully illustrated by Peruvian artist Uldarico Sarmiento, Kutu tells the story of a princess the size of a cob of corn, who embarks on a dangerous journey to save her family and people from a terrible drought. Elements of the Inca culture are weaved in the story, transporting the readers to the amazing Inca Empire. Phrases in Quechua (the native language of the Andes region) are sprinkled throughout the story. Order your signed copy here.

Kutu is a honorable mention awardee at the Campoy-Ada Awards for Children’s Literature in Spanish.

Please contact us for orders of ten and more.​


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I’m Mariana Llanos and I write books for children and poetry in English and Spanish. I am originally from Lima, Peru, but now I live in Oklahoma with my husband, our three children and our dog, Juliet. I started writing poetry since I was very young. I loved reading so much that I wanted to create my own stories to share with the world. I published my first book, Tristan Wolf in 2013. Since then, I haven’t stopped, and I have many more stories, poems, and project that I want to share with YOU!

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