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.
[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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