The Girl from Chimel by Rigoberta Menchu

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Nobel Peace Prize winner and Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú brings the world of her earliest childhood vividly to life in this colorful book. Before the war in Guatemala and despite the hardships that the Mayan people endured, life in the Mayan villages of the highlands had a beauty and integrity. This was forever changed by the conflict and brutal genocide that was to come. Menchú’s stories of her grandparents and parents, of the natural world that surrounded her, and her retelling of the stories that she was told present a rich, humorous, and engaging portrait of that lost world. Domi draws on the Mayan landscape and rich craftwork to create the stunning illustrations that complement this engaging story.

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Rigoberta Menchu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her efforts to end the oppression of indigenous peoples in Guatemala. Dante Liano is an eminent Guatemalan writer and National Literature Award laureate. He currently lives in Milan, where he teaches Latin American literature. He is the author of The Man from Montserrat, The San Andres Mystery and co-authored of The Girl from Chimel . David Unger is an award winning poet, writer and translator. Among the notable books Unger helped translate is "Small Hours of the Night "by Roque Dalton, "Popol Vuh "from Elena Garro and works of many other authors like Nicanor Parra and Barbara Jacobs. His first novel, "Life in the Damn Tropics," was published in English in 2002. Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the two previous Napí titles, 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.
Published November 27, 2003 by acorn book company. 56 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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