Bilingual English/Spanish. A young Mayan girl isn't allowed to use her mother's thread to weave, so with a little ingenuity she discovers how to repurpose plastic bags to create colorful weavings. Based on an actual recycling movement in Guatemala.
About the Author
LINDA ELOVITZ MARSHALL grew up near Boston, graduated from Barnard College, and raised four children and a flock of sheep on a farm in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is the author of several books for young readers and was inspired to write this story by dear friends and founders of Mayan Hands, an organization of weavers in Guatemala. Marshall liveswith her family in Selkirk, New York.
ELISA CHAVARRI is a full-time illustrator who graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in Classical Animation and minored in Comics. Born in Peru, she now lives with her husband and their daughter, cat, and dog in northernMichigan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book features so many of my favorite things: weaving, culture, traditions, recycling, language and socio-economic development. So often kids are told to wait until they’re older to participate in activities. But this determined girl isn’t brushed off so easily. A creative thinker, she tries various methods that don’t work, doesn’t give up, and finally discovers her own way to weave a rainbow and help the environment, too. Often, children in the U. S. take their education for granted and don’t realize that in many countries families must pay for school, and, with meager funds, that may not be the top priority. Though the text is presented in English and Spanish, the characters use words from a Mayan language called Kaqchikel. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided. The illustrations are colorful and endearing. The story was inspired by the author’s friends who started a weaving cooperative, Mayan Hands, in Guatemala. A portion of the proceeds from the book benefit two Mayan weaving cooperatives, their children’s education, and health care.