A Gift for Ampato

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In 1995, a 500-year-old mummy of an Inca girl was found on a Peruvian mountaintop. A the fictional story interspersed with reports of the actual discovery of the mummy, makes for an exceptional and original historical novel, which was chosen as runner-up in the Groundwood 20th Anniversary Fiction Contest. Line drawings and decorations enhance the story.
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Overview

In 1995, a 500-year-old mummy of an Inca girl was found on a Peruvian mountaintop. A the fictional story interspersed with reports of the actual discovery of the mummy, makes for an exceptional and original historical novel, which was chosen as runner-up in the Groundwood 20th Anniversary Fiction Contest. Line drawings and decorations enhance the story.
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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Taking as a basis the discovery of the so-called Inca Ice Maiden by Johan Reinhard in 1995, the author has fashioned a short chapter book around what might have been the contemporary situation that produced the mummified child about 500 years ago. Eight short chapters are separated by accounts of what Reinhard and other scientists discovered in analyzing the mummy--small figures made of shell and silver, llama parts, textiles, and ceremonial vessels. In Vande Griek's version, the girls, chosen by Peruvian priests to be dedicated to the gods, are celebrating the choosing of Timta to be sacrificed. Now she will be the one who lives with the gods. However, Timta is terrified of this "honor" while her friend Karwa would happily be chosen so that harmony can be restored and the gods will stop threatening the community with ashy volcanic eruptions. So the girls switch places and Timta flees to what will be the companionship of an old woman living up in the mountains, a hermit whose daughter was sacrificed years ago. The author uses the Incan names for things--lliclla, coca, quipu, alpaca, acllas--and some are defined in context but one must flip to the glossary to keep many of these terms straight. While it doesn't matter, it is a potential reader frustration. Some definitions need more--coca, for instance, is not defined as a narcotic but merely as "a shrub whose leaves were chewed" and children may wonder why this is any comfort to those who will climb thousands of feet to the sacrificial platform. Paired with Reinhard's actual account told in Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden, My Adventures on Ampato (National Geographic, 1998), this novel gives children a possible picture of a civilization which left no written records but left artifacts about which to speculate. A glossary, an excellent list of suggested readings, and an author's note are included.
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Gr 5-8-In the Inca culture, during times of great stress, such as crop failures, young women were chosen to become human sacrifices, and it was considered a great honor to be selected. This brief but moving account follows the fate of Timta, a girl chosen to leave her family and become one of those servants of the gods. When she learns what her fate is to be, she rebels. In an afterword, the author admits that the kind of struggle against established norms that her character demonstrates would have been highly unlikely in the structured Inca society. The author prefaces each chapter with related details of the actual discovery of a mummified body of a young girl on the slopes of Nevado Ampato in 1995. The telling details of daily life and the satisfactory resolution of the conflict make this a worthwhile selection. While it stands on its own, the story could also be used as supplemental reading for students studying the culture. Try pairing it with Johan Reinhard's photo-essay Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden (National Geographic, 1998).-David N. Pauli, Portland Jewish Academy, OR Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888993588
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 9/3/1999
  • Edition description: GIFT
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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