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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Honey Jar (The)
by Rigoberta Menchu Tum with Dante Liano
Age Range: 6-8
The Honey Jar contains a collection of ancient stories that Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú (who won the prize in 1992) was told by her grandparents when she was a young girl. These are all Mayan tales about the myth of creation, tales about animals, the universe, plant, people, God and also about the environment.
All these tales have been illustrated in bright, vibrant colour by Mexican artist, Domi who is a very well-known Mexican children’s book illustrator. The stories have been translated from the Spanish by David Unger, who like Rigoberta, is also from Guatemala.
Through these magical stories we can better understand how the Mayan civilization perceived and understood the world that surrounded them. A welcome addition to a collection of myth and legends and traditional tales from around the world, as there is little or not much available about this subject.