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The Dwarf-Wizard of Uxmal

Susan Hand Shetterly

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ISBN 10: 0689314558 / ISBN 13: 9780689314551
Published by Atheneum, 1990
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Title: The Dwarf-Wizard of Uxmal

Publisher: Atheneum

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st ed.

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With the magical aid of the old woman who hatched him from an egg, the diminutive Tol proves himself greater than the ruler of the city of Uxmal and takes his place as leader of the people.

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Grade 2-4-- This is a lengthy, illustrated retelling, in five chapters, of a Yucatan Mayan hero legend. A tiny dwarf is hatched from an egg and raised by a reclusive old woman. On his 15th birthday, the old woman instructs the boy, Tol, to challenge the leader of the city of Uxmal. Aided by magic, he does, fulfilling an ancient prophesy. This telling is steeped in ritual and ceremonial lore, using animals, foods, and dress to enrich the sense of locale and culture. The story should engage the interest of children who enjoy more protracted tales; the vivid imagery of its words recommends it for reading aloud. The illustrations, however, seem at odds with the dignified text. The central character is hunchbacked, bucktoothed, slackskinned, tiny-eyed. The other people appear as caricature versions of ancient Mayan art, with large lips, cheeks, and bellies, and enormous hooked noses. Rather than inviting a sympathetic response, the pictures seem to aim for a low form of humor by churlishly invoking a stylized art form. This implication of cultural disparity in the illustrations distances readers from the story. --Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
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