An American Library Association Notable Books List selection
Nobel Peace Prize winner and noted Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu Tum brings the world of her childhood vividly alive in The Girl from Chimel.
Before the thirty-six year war in Guatemala, despite the hardships the Maya people had endured since the time of the Conquest, life in their highland villages had a beauty and integrity that were changed forever by the conflict and brutal genocide that were to come. Menchu's stories of her grandparents and parents, of the natural world that surrounded her as a young girl, and her retelling of the stories that she was told present a rich, humorous and engaging picture of that lost world.
Marvelous illustrations by Domi draw on the Maya landscape and the rich visual vocabulary that can be found in the weavings and crafts for which the Maya are world-renowned.
[Menchu's] writing evokes a world of wild, friendly magic in which every living creature has its own spirit double. - Horn Book
...a vivid memoir of [Menchu's] girlhood in the then unspoiled village of Chimel...the book memorializes an idyllic interdependency between the human and the natural... - Canadian Literature
...the text throughout is captivating and provides a rare glimpse at indigenous Guatemalan and Mayan culture. - Bulletin
Created with strong, primitive forms and vibrant colors, full-page oil paintings brighten half the double-page spreads and provide memorable scenes of Chimel through three generations. - Booklist
Domi...adds full-page, folk-art style scenes in glowing colors...the effect is as atmospheric as the text. - Kirkus Reviews
Domi's colorful flat oil paintings, with traditional Mayan symbols and motifs, perfectly complement this collection. - Book Links
This slim book would be a welcome addition to a school or public library. - Resource Links
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