White Flower by Victor Montejo
A Maya Princess

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This popular folktale with Spanish origins features W’itz Ak’al, the Lord of the Woods, a cacique (king) who commands both the natural world and the city; and his beautiful daughter, Blanca Flor, who also can command the forces of nature to get her way. When a suitor arrives to court her, he must survive a series of trials set by Blanca’s father to prove his worth. Deer instead of horses act as both animal servants and the alter egos of the king and queen. Wonderfully magical, White Flower with its strong female protagonist is set at the time of the classic Maya civilization, with gorgeous watercolor images of pyramid-cities in lush jungles.

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Victor Montejo is a distinguished Zapotec Maya / Guatemalan anthropologist, author and professor in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis who, after a very long period in exile, returned for a time to Guatemala to work for indigenous rights. He has also writtenWhite Flower: A Maya Princess / Blanca Flor: una princesa Mayafor Groundwood. He lives in Davis, California. Rafael Yockteng has illustrated a number of children's books, which have been published in Colombia and abroad. His images appear inMessengers of Rain / Mandaderos de la lluvia, an anthology of Latin American poetry, andTrees Are Hanging from the Sky / Los arboles estan colgando del cieloby Jorge Argueta. He lives in Bogotá, Colombia.
Published September 16, 2005 by Groundwood Books. 36 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Scholar Montejo recounts the tale of a prince so devastated by the loss of his family and people that he forgets his name.

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