Kusikiy A Child from Taquile, Peruby Mercedes Cecilia
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Kusikiy A Child from Taquile, Peru, by author and illustrator Mercedes Cecilia, draws us into the kaleidoscopic and mysterious world of a Peruvian child. When the stars of the Llama Constellation are missing from the sky, Kusikiy flies with Condor to the highest snowed peak to ask the APU, the Guardian Spirit of the Mountain for his help. Kusikiy learns from his great grandparents the importance of the Glaciers and the traditional ways of giving thanks to Mother Earth. Mercedes Cecilia has created a myth following in the tradition of her Peruvian ancestors, a myth that treasures the universal values of love, family community and caring for The Earth. The story of Kusikiy a Child from Taquile, brings awareness to the Great Glaciers, the present environmental climate, and our concern with global warming. The characters, animals, forces of nature and heroic central figure in the story make it a modern day fable and myth that illustrates important lessons for our modern, global culture. Kusikiy a Child from Taquile, Peru, is a book that gives parents and educators a visual and appealing way to engage children in a dialogue about traditional cultures, community life and caring for our environment. It’s a story of a loving and adventurous child that offers children of all ages a multitude of opportunities to gain knowledge, to be entertained and be reminded that-- our world is formed by people that have different ways of life.
"You are the Great Glacier...You are the Keeper of our homeland..."
A most wonderful story that reaches deep into the earth and travels far above to the stars. The magical illustrations transported me to the people of the Andes Mountains and the delightful and gentle words brought me to my heart.
I am always looking for special gifts for my nieces and nephews and I will truly enjoy sharing Kusikiy's special adventures with them !
into a world of real people, animals and places, disappearing customs and ongoing cultural needs,while simultaneously engaging all kids' worries about how they fit in, where they fit in the world around them, and how they pull meaning from the places where they live, the communities they inhabit.
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- File size:
- 2 MB
- Age Range:
- 6 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Mercedes Cecilia, Author and Illustrator, is a practitioner of Naturopathic methods of Healing and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Mercedes Cecilia founder of “Art for All School”, a traveling school pioneering art in education programs that celebrate multicultural diversity in the heritage of New York State’s rural communities.
Kusikiy, a child from Taquile, Peru, is Mercedes’ fifth Children’s Book. Mercedes Cecilia is an American Citizen, born and raised in Peru, who made Woodstock her home since 1986. You may visit: www.Jinshinjyutsu-mercedes.com, www.Kusikiy.com
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Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite Young Kusikiy is worrying about the lack of rain in his small community because the birds are not singing and the trees seem sad. Kusikiy loves this community where he lives so he strives to find a way to help. As this young child talks about the difficult situations he is worrying about, readers will enjoy learning interesting things about Peru and their traditions and culture. As we journey through this book, Kusikiy talks about his mother being a weaver and his great-grandfather being the Keeper of Wisdom and Peace on the island of Peru. Kusikiy a Child from Taquile captivates the minds and hearts of its readers through this beautiful story that reaches deep below the earth and travels high above to the stars. The story gives great details about life in Peru in the small community of Taquile. It was fun learning about the spirit of the community, their ways of weaving, the clothes they wear and why they wear different things, about the Andes Mountain, and about the Llama Constellation. This book is beautifully written, easy to read so that children and adults can understand. But what makes the book so appealing are the detailed and vibrant illustrations, created by the author, Mercedes Cecilia. There is a page of illustrations for each page of the story that enhances the story to better understand what the author is saying. This book is just beautiful inside and out. What a wonderful book to have to teach your children about this place called Peru. I highly recommend this book for your child¿s library, and your public and local libraries. You will not be disappointed with this beautifully illustrated book that teaches us so much about life in Peru.
The story of Kusikiy a Child from Taquile, Peru, by Mercedes Cecilia, illustrates the importance of living in harmony with the environment and captures the spirit of a small community of the Andes. This original story with its unexpected adventures of Kusikiy, the main character, delights young readers and reinforces their ability to question today's ecological changes. I felt as if the author reveals her native vision when she writes the dialogue between Kusikiy and the glacier. "...You are the Great Glacier, your river of snow forms our valleys and the mountains...You are the Keeper of our homeland." The author, Mercedes Cecilia, was born and raised in Peru, the reason for her authentic portrait of the people of Taquile which she weaves with her own story of Kusikiy. The author has illustrated beautifully this story with colorful pastel paintings. I purchased copies of Kusikiy a Child from Taquile, Peru, for my nieces. They loved the book and now they want to know more about the importance of glaciers in today's climate changes.