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Mario's Mayan Journey
     

Mario's Mayan Journey

by McCunney Michelle
 
Mario awoke with a start, and when he went outside, two Mayan children were waiting for him. Join Mario and his friends as they explore the land of the ancient Maya. Full color.

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Mario awoke with a start, and when he went outside, two Mayan children were waiting for him. Join Mario and his friends as they explore the land of the ancient Maya. Full color.

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Mario's parents lived in Southern Mexico before he was born, and they talk often about the Mayan people, the ancient ruins, and the jungles of the Yucatan. Intrigued by their stories, Mario spends hours looking at maps and museums of Mayan history. One night, he dreams two Mayan children invite him to "Come with us" to explore the land of the ancient Maya. Lovingly written and illustrated in watercolor, Mario's Mayan Journey includes maps and a glossary so we can join Mario and his friends. A delightful story of a boy who explores his roots and discovers himself.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--Mario, a young Mexican boy, is fascinated by stories of the Mayan people and their artifacts. He dreams himself into a jungle setting with a boy and girl who switch to Spanish when he doesn't understand their Mayan language and take him on a journey into the past. Flamingos carry the three to the Temple of the Warriors in Chichen Itza where they see a mural that depicts Mayan life. They then journey on foot into the surrounding jungle and make a shelter as night falls. Mario awakens in his own bed and decides to capture the journey in murals that fill the walls of his room. Pastel watercolors portray an uncharacteristically pale jungle inhabited by toucans, quetzals, and white pelicans as well as turtles, monkeys, and jaguars. In this quiet tale without much drama, conflict, or action, Mario's face hardly ever changes expression from one page to the next. A glossary with pronunciation guides defines such unfamiliar words as anthropology, Chichen Itza, ocelot, etc. The children's short bilingual conversations (e.g., "`Ven con nosotros,' they said. `Come with us'") expand the appeal of the slight story, and the pale green maps of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and parts of Central America on the endpapers provide a geographical context.--Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572552036
Publisher:
Mondo Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.93(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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