Journey for Peace: The Story of Rigoberta Menchu (Rainbow Biography)

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Provides a look into the life of the Latin American woman and winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, who spread her message throughout Guatemala in the search for human rights for her people, the Maya, against the cruel and unlawful treatment they endured from powerful landowners.

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For chapter-book readers, an accessible and informative illustrated biography of the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, tracing Mench£'s hard life from birth in a remote Mayan village in the mountains of Guatemala to the present. Brill (Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad, 1993, etc.) calmly details the horrors suffered by indigenous peoples under the power of the ladinos (people who are both Mayan and Spanish, or who reject their Mayan heritage)--the seizures of farmland, the theft of food, the brutal treatment and slaughter of those who objected, the literal voicelessness of the Mayas, most of whom spoke no Spanish or even the dialects of other villages. The backbreaking work Mench£ did as a child--on a coffee plantation and later as a maid--gave rise to her intent to help her people, as her father had. Her exhaustive tours of speaking in the Americas and abroad broke ``the silence around Guatemala'' and brought international support. A generous smile beams from the book's black-and-white photographs of this modern heroine; from nowhere, with nothing, Mench£ gave dignity to a people and became a role model to the world. (index, not seen, map, b&w photos and illustrations, notes, glossary, further reading) (Biography 7-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 4-7?Brill's book scores high marks for gender and racial equity, peace studies, and class reports. In addition, its brevity and the author's skillful expository writing will please reluctant readers. Rigoberta Menchu, born in a Guatemalan village, embraced her father's political activism from an early age. After his violent death, she became a leader in organizing the Mayan people in their struggle against an oppressive government, and in 1992 she received the Nobel Peace Prize. The author draws upon her subject's autobiography, information from UN publications, and interviews with people active in the international peace movement. Little is said about the political situation in Guatemala. The native peoples' harsh life is background to Menchu's amazing rise from obscurity to becoming the voice of protest for her people. It's an exciting story, well told.?Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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