The Boy Who Wouldn't Obey: A Mayan Legend

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According to Mayan legend, Chac is one of the gods of the sky who control rain, wind, thunder, and lighting. With his bottomless gourd of rain, his bag of winds, his booming drum, and his flashing ax, Chac is a mighty lord. But all his powers can't give him the patience to handle a mischievous mortal boy he plucks from the forest to be his servant. This particular boy rarely does what he's told on Earth, much less in the heavens...

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Anne Rockwell is a pioneer in the field of nonfiction for very young children. She has more than a hundred books to her credit, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? and Clouds in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-When the god Chac dives down to earth to steal a child, he gets more than he bargained for. The boy he snatches to be his servant causes endless trouble. One day, after being severely punished, the child seeks revenge. He steals the god's rain-making tools and unintentionally wreaks havoc with the weather. Frightened, he runs away and falls into the sea-to Chac's content. The boy is eventually reunited with his family, who naturally don't believe a word of the dubious tale he tells them. Rockwell's playful watercolors lined in pen fill the pages and mirror the child's mischievous nature. Luminous color and delightful details abound-abundant greenery and flowers, swirling clouds in shades of pink, and a monkey that watches the story unfold from the corner of each double-page spread. There are also many nods to the culture: a scaly, bewhiskered god; jaguar skins; and glyphlike bands of symbols across the top of pages. An entertaining, appealing addition to folklore collections.
Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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