In this bilingual picture book, Ixchel wants to follow in the long tradition of weaving on backstrap looms, just as her mother, grandmother, and most Mayan women have done for more than two thousand years. But Ixchel's mother is too busy preparing her own weaving for market. If they bring a good price, they will have money to pay for Ixchel's school and books. And besides, there is not enough extra thread for Ixchel to practice.
Disappointed, Ixchel first tries weaving with blades of grass, and then with bits of wool, but no one would want to buy the results. As she walks around her village, Ixchel finds it littered with colorful plastic bags. There is nowhere to put all the bags, so they just keep accumulating.
Suddenly, Ixchel has an idea! She collects and washes the plastic bags. Then she cuts each bag into thin strips. Sitting at her loom, Ixchel weaves the plastic strips into a colorful fabric that looks like a beautiful rainbow -- just like the weavings of Mayan women before her.
"Vibrant illustrations bring the story to life and provide readers with a glimpse of indigenous Guatemalan culture....The author incorporates several words in Kaqchikel, one of the Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala. A glossary and pronunciation guide are provided at the beginning of the volume. A detailed author's note at the narrative's conclusion explains the inspiration for this tale." -- Katie Darrin, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Illustrator||Elisa Chavarri Marshall|
|Publication Date||Oct 15, 2016|
|Publisher||Children's Book Press (CA)|
|Language||Spanish / English|