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Children's LiteratureIn 1839, an American lawyer and an English illustrator began a trek into the Central American jungle based on rumors of ancient, ruined cities. When John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood later wrote a book about their discoveries, linguists immediately began studying the language of this lost civilization. Setting the stage thusly, Coulter takes her readers on a story of linguistic discovery, from the Mayans' destruction by European colonizers to the rediscovery of lost Mayan language codices in various archives. As the whodunit unfolds, Coulter also introduces us to an overview of Mayan culture, including the Mayan calendar, pottery, and history. While English's portrayal of Mayans seems somewhat simplistic for the book's intended age group, other graphics abound. Photographs of original Mayan artifacts, realistic depictions of Mayan cityscapes, and even some of Catherwood's original sketches are included. The author and illustrator do not forget the linguistic bent of their work because the book's endpapers provide numerous Mayan characters in relief so that would-be linguists can produce their own rubbings 2001, Little Brown and Co, Ages 9 to 12.
—K. C. Manus