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Mario's Mayan Journey Paperback – September 1, 1997

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Kindergarten-Grade 2. Mario, a young Mexican boy, is fascinated by stories of the Mayan people and their artifacts. He dreams himself into a jungle setting with a boy and girl who switch to Spanish when he doesn't understand their Mayan language and take him on a journey into the past. Flamingos carry the three to the Temple of the Warriors in Chichen Itza where they see a mural that depicts Mayan life. They then journey on foot into the surrounding jungle and make a shelter as night falls. Mario awakens in his own bed and decides to capture the journey in murals that fill the walls of his room. Pastel watercolors portray an uncharacteristically pale jungle inhabited by toucans, quetzals, and white pelicans as well as turtles, monkeys, and jaguars. In this quiet tale without much drama, conflict, or action, Mario's face hardly ever changes expression from one page to the next. A glossary with pronunciation guides defines such unfamiliar words as anthropology, Chichen Itza, ocelot, etc. The children's short bilingual conversations (e.g., "'Ven con nosotros,' they said. 'Come with us'") expand the appeal of the slight story, and the pale green maps of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and parts of Central America on the endpapers provide a geographical context.?Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mondo Pub (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572552034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572552036
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mario's Mayan Journey is a great book. It has a very realistic story and terrific pictures. I read it just a few weeks before going to the Mayan ruins.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kris on November 3, 2010
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I purchased this book to get my kids excited about a trip to see the Mayan ruins. The book only had about one page that even showed a picture of a Mayan city and the story was weak. Maybe OK for a REALLY young child but doesn't have any educational content for an older child. Plus side was that it only cost about $5.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mindy on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really love this book, and I use it in many of my classes. It gives a lot practical infomation about ancient Mayan times in a fun way for kids to enjoy!
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