Author: Crandell, Rachel
Brand: Brand: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
- Used Book in Good Condition
Number Of Pages: 32
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: 01-06-2002
Details: Product description Witness loving, working hands in action in this vivid portrait of life in a Maya village. "Grandmother Apolonia has gone to market for the day to weave and sell her baskets." Experience a day in the life of a Maya village. The wisdom of the phrase "Many hands make light work" comes across in vivid detail as the community prepares a warm meal, weaves clothing, constructs roofs, and creates art and music. Best of all-in the morning or at the end of the busy day, a pair of strong, gentle hands never seems hard to find. With its lyrical prose and richly textured photographs, this engaging picture book captures the hard work, love, and respect of the Maya culture. The proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a high-school scholarship fund for the children of Maya Centre. From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 4-This picture book opens with a simple but colorful map of Mesoamerica and a brief foreword by the author describing her stay at a village in Belize. In the pages that follow, readers are offered snapshots of Maya villagers throughout the course of a day. Each spread features two photos: a small picture with a few lines of text opposite a full-page, close-up shot (often a detail of the same scene). The residents are most often depicted working: carrying firewood, preparing meals, sowing maize, and weaving, clearly illustrating the author's observation that "Maya hands are seldom still." The text, basically commentary on the activities in the photos, is somewhat choppy. Framed color photographs are attractively placed against a background of pale yellow and shadowy glyph forms. Despite a few grainy shots, the illustrations will interest children. This title can be used to introduce youngsters to other cultures and will supplement units on Central America and the Maya. Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Ages 5-8. Crandell, an elementary school teacher who lived in several Maya communities, celebrates Maya work in this photo-essay that takes children through a day in a village. Each spread features one page with brief text that describes a task--building a house, weaving, farming--and a small color picture that illustrates the activity. On the opposite page is a larger photo of an individual's hands--fingers plucking an instrument, cradling a lamb, and so on. Some passages speak from an outsider's romanticized view ("Maya hands are never idle"), but for the most part, both text and images give children an intriguing glimpse of Maya art, food, shelter, family life, and language (Maya words are woven into the text and defined in an appended glossary). Kindergarten and elementary teachers can use this for discussions about home and family; an introductory note gives more background on the author's experiences with the Maya. Gillian Engberg Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved About the Author Rachel Crandell has visited numerous Maya villages and lived with one community-Maya Centre Village-for several months. An elementary-school teacher for many years, she and her students correspond with Maya children in Belize. Ms. Crandell and her husband reside in Town and Country, Missouri. This is her first book for young readers.
Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches