The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale

Overview

Ever wonder where chocolate came from? We have the Mayan king Kukulkán to thank. Kukulkán is more than a king—he is also a god. One day he brings his people an amazing gift: a chocolate tree! But there is just one problem. Kukulkán's brother, Night Jaguar, doesn't want regular people to have chocolate. He thinks only gods should eat the tempting treat. Will Night Jaguar prevail? Or will the Mayans get to keep their chocolate tree?

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Overview

Ever wonder where chocolate came from? We have the Mayan king Kukulkán to thank. Kukulkán is more than a king—he is also a god. One day he brings his people an amazing gift: a chocolate tree! But there is just one problem. Kukulkán's brother, Night Jaguar, doesn't want regular people to have chocolate. He thinks only gods should eat the tempting treat. Will Night Jaguar prevail? Or will the Mayans get to keep their chocolate tree?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580138512
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: On My Own Folklore Ser.
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 622,842
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Keep, a former teacher of graphic and studio arts in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is also a NY Times best-selling children's author/illustrator. He co-creates books with his wife, Linda Lowery, and has won honors for his recent solo picture books. He lives with Ms. Lowery in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. NY Times best-selling author/illustrator Linda Lowery has created more than 40 books for young readers, including novels, non-fiction, and picture books. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Lowery enjoys travelling and writing from multicultural perspectives. Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. After completing her BFA in painting at Kansas City Art Institute in 1978, she moved to Minneapolis. There she worked as a graphic designer and exhibiting painter. She is the illustrator of two dozen children's books. Ms. Porter moved to California in 2003, where she completed her MFA degree at California State University, Chico.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Going to visit the Mayan ruins?

    This is a great book to read if you and your child are going to view the Mayan ruins in Central America. Our little guy, age 6, loved the story and then kept looking for chocolate plants in Tulum, Mexico!

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