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La Leyenda de Mexicatl
     

La Leyenda de Mexicatl

by Jo Harper
 

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Growing up under the blistering sun of the desert, the boy Mexicatl can hardly imagine being chosen to lead his people - until he has a vision. One day the Morning Star tells him to search for "a place of harmony" and reveals the sacred image of the eagle and snake. Only after Mexicatl learns the hard lessons of leadership do his people prosper. Richly illustrated,

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Growing up under the blistering sun of the desert, the boy Mexicatl can hardly imagine being chosen to lead his people - until he has a vision. One day the Morning Star tells him to search for "a place of harmony" and reveals the sacred image of the eagle and snake. Only after Mexicatl learns the hard lessons of leadership do his people prosper. Richly illustrated, this is an enchanting story of faith and wisdom, drawn from ancient Aztec history.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Published simultaneously in English and Spanish editions, this picture book recounts the legend associated with Mexico's early history. The hero of the story is Mexicatl, a young man chosen by the Great Spirit to lead his people from a life of hardship in the desert to a new land of promise and harmony. Harper tells Mexicatl's story from his boyhood to his role as beloved leader, and uses this appealing folktale to teach an important lesson about what makes one wise and brave. Casilla's warm, earth-toned watercolors complement the text perfectly, infusing the story with both realism and magic. An author's note explains the origins of this legend and its place in Mexican history. Children will enjoy learning why the people of this nation chose to call themselves Mexicans. A good choice for all libraries, particularly those with an interest in Latin American folklore.Monica Scheliga Carnesi, Queens Borough Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890515065
Publisher:
Turtle Books
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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