Talking with Mother Earth/Hablando con madre tierra by Jorge Argueta

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Tetl’s skin is brown, his eyes are black, and his hair is long. He’s different from the other children, whose taunts wound him deeply, leaving him confused and afraid. But Tetl’s grandmother knows the ancient teachings of their Aztec ancestors, and how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred meaning. With her help, he learns to listen to the mountains, wind, corn, and stones. Tetl's journey from self-doubt to proud acceptance of his Nahuatl heritage is told in a series of powerful poems, beautifully expressed in both English and Spanish. Vivid illustrations celebrate nature’s redemptive powers, offering a perfect complement to the poignant story.

About Jorge Argueta

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Jorge Argueta is a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian. He is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He lives in San Francisco. Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napi titles by Antonio Ramírez as well as The Night the Moon Fell and The Race of Toad and Deer by Pat Mora. She is Mazateca and lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Published May 9, 2006 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both his connection to the earth and, to a lesser extent, his estrangement from the “European” world have a part in these poems written in the voice of a Central American boy.

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The restaurant was located in front of a bus terminal where the drivers used to bring people from the capital, San Salvador and from all over...

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