The Girl from Chimel
An American Library Association Notable Books List selection
Nobel Peace Prize winner and noted Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu Tum brings the world of her childhood vividly alive in The Girl from Chimel.
Before the thirty-six year war in Guatemala, despite the hardships the Maya people had endured since the time of the Conquest, life in their highland villages had a beauty and integrity that were changed forever by the conflict and brutal genocide that were to come. Menchu's stories of her grandparents and parents, of the natural world that surrounded her as a young girl, and her retelling of the stories that she was told present a rich, humorous and engaging picture of that lost world.
Marvelous illustrations by Domi draw on the Maya landscape and the rich visual vocabulary that can be found in the weavings and crafts for which the Maya are world-renowned.
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Review: The Girl from ChimelUser Review - Kim - Goodreads
A bit dry, but a valuable perspective. Read full review
Review: The Girl from ChimelUser Review - Barbara Lovejoy - Goodreads
What a DELIGHTFUL book!--not only the stories, but also the illustrations. I checked this book out from the library but I may want to get my own copy--maybe in Spanish. Read full review