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Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family

Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family

by George Ancona
     
 
An inside look at a fascinating culture

George Ancona takes children on an exciting trip to the Yucatan. Young readers will move in with a warm and loving Mayan family to share their daily lives in town, spend weekends on their ranch, and join in a local fiesta. Photographs and drawings of ancient Mayan architecture and codices reveal the richness of Mayan culture

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An inside look at a fascinating culture

George Ancona takes children on an exciting trip to the Yucatan. Young readers will move in with a warm and loving Mayan family to share their daily lives in town, spend weekends on their ranch, and join in a local fiesta. Photographs and drawings of ancient Mayan architecture and codices reveal the richness of Mayan culture today: a combination of ancient Mayan customs with traditions introduced by the Spanish. Glossary of Spanish and Yucatec words included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Ancona returns to his ancestry in this photo essay on present day Mayans living in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. We are introduced to a family and see them living between their ancient roots and the newer ways of Spanish Mexico. The house they live in; the tortillas they eat; the hammocks they sleep in all are presented within the context of past and present. A Sunday visit to grandparents on a cattle ranch and a town fiesta with bullfights completes this interesting and evocative book.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Ancona journeys to his Mayan roots and chronicles the daily lives of a rural family in the Yucatan Peninsula. Descendants of the ancient Mayan Indians, they live in the shadow of their pyramids in a culture still vibrant and alive. In an involving text, the activities of three generations of men, women, and children are described. In addition, information about the geography and history of the region is seamlessly interspersed throughout the narrative. When doa Satulina hauls water from the well behind her house, readers learn that natural underground pools called cenotes furnish fresh water. As the family prepares for an upcoming six-day fiesta in the nearby town, daily tasks are linked either to Mayan traditions or customs introduced by Spanish explorers. Crisp, full-color photographs amplify the actions described in the text, as do reproductions of ancient Mayan illustrations. This portrayal of warm family life within a vital community is a modern accompaniment to the history in Jacqueline D. Greene's The Maya (Watts, 1992). Ancona provides a unique perspective on the vibrant survival of an enduring way of life among such modern adaptations as bullfights, carousels, and school.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688134662
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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