An Americas Award Commended Title
In this book -- the companion volume to The Girl From Chimel -- Nobel Peace Prize winner and Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu Tum returns to the world of her childhood.
The Honey Jar brings us the ancient stories her grandparents told her when she was a little girl, and we can imagine her listening to them by the fire at night. These Maya tales include creation myths, a classic story about the magic twins (which can also be found in the Popol Vuh), explanations of how and why certain natural phenomena came to exist, and animal tales. The underworld, the sky, the sun andmoon, plants, people, animals, gods and demi-gods are all present in these stories, and through them we come to know more about the elements that shaped the Mayas' understanding of the world.
Rich and vibrant illustrations by Domi perfectly complement these magical Maya tales.
David Unger received Guatemala’s 2014 Miguel Angel Asturias National Prize in Literature for lifetime achievement, though he writes exclusively in English and lives in the US. The Mastermind (Akashic Books, 2016), his latest novel, has been translated into Spanish, Arabic and Italian. In 2011 he published The Price of Escape (Akashic Books) and Para Mi, Eres Divina (Random House Mondadori, Mexico). Other books include Ni chicha, ni limonada (F y G Editores, 2009) and Life in the Damn Tropics (Wisconsin University Press, 2004). His short stories and essays have appeared in Delta de las arenas: cuentos árabes, cuentos judíos (Literal Publishers, 2013), Puertos Abiertos (FCE, 2011), Guernica Magazine (February 2016, April 2011, November 2007 and August 2006) and Playboy Mexico (October 2005). He has translated 14 titles including Popol Vuh, Guatemala’s pre-Columbian creation myth, and the work of Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala), Silvia Molina (Mexico), Nicanor Parra (Chile), Teresa Cárdenas (Cuba) and Mario Benedetti (Uruguay), among others.Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez; The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) by Pat Mora; The Girl from Chimel, The Honey Jar and The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú; and The Story of Colors by Zapatista hero Sub-Comandante Marcos. Domi is Mazateca and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico.
[A] delightful collection...The colours are vivid and brilliant, evoking a tropical atmosphere, and the simple images should appeal to all readers. - Resource Links
...an ideal compliment to a Maya/Aztec unit, and it is a desirable addition to any Latin American folklore collection... - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...narrated in a fluid, lively prose that has a natural rhythm of its own, ideal for reading aloud...Domi's bright oil illustrations enhance the sense of plenty with their clear pinks, greens and blues, and their child-like images of first creatures. - Toronto Star
Each tale is succinct and clearly retold. [Domi] illustrates the tales in oils with a depth that communicates the ethnic nature and tone of the tales. - Library Media Connection
In this delightful collection, the author returns to her childhood and relates ancient Mayan myths exactly as her grandparents told them to her. The colours are vivid and brilliant, evoking a tropical atmosphere, and the simple images should appeal to all readers. - Resource Links
Menchu and Domi have created a true golden treasure that anyone with an interest in history, folklore, and culture will have to taste. - Multicultural Review
Menchu paints a rich world, filled with animals, nature and lessons that are never cloying or preachy as she introduces readers to a culture they might not be familiar with. - Calgary Herald
The stories...reflect a distinctive worldview, a broad awareness of nature, and a sense of humor. An impressive collection...that lends insight into the Mayan culture. - Booklist
Universal in appeal, this collection of 12 Mayan tales would be a significant addition to any libraries holdings. - School Library Journal
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