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The Secret Legacy

Menchú, Rigoberta (Book - 2008)
The Secret Legacy
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Rigoberta Menchu returns to the world of childhood in this, her third book. The novel's seven-year-old heroine, Ixkem, is chosen to tend to the prized cornfields once her grandfather has passed away. But Ixkem isn't sure she can accept this great responsibility. Out in the fields, she discovers a legion of tiny people, no bigger than bananas. They are b'e'n, nahuales - secret animal spirits - and when they take Ixkem into the underworld where they live, she regales them with tales of the surface. What they offer in return helps Ixkem to accept both her grandfather's wishes for her and the fact that she must soon wish him goodbye. This moving story is rich with emotion and Mayan folklore, perfect to captivate any young reader.
Authors: Menchú, Rigoberta
Title: The secret legacy
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2008
Statement of Responsibility: Rigoberta Menchú with Dante Liano ; pictures by Domi ; translated by David Unger
Notes: Translation of: L'eredità segreta
Additional Contributors: Domi
Unger, David
Liano, Dante
ISBN: 0888998961
Branch Call Number: j 398.2089 M536s 2008
Subject Headings: Mayas Folklore Maya mythology Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Mayas
Maya mythology
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Seven-year-old Ixkem is chosen by her grandfather amongst all the villagers to inherit the responsibility for tending his special cornfield. Ixkem goes to the field and begins to shout and stomp to frighten away the animals who would like to share the harvest.

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