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Amazonia Hardcover – May 1, 2013

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Despite occasional modern inflections, these dozen tales retold by a writer with indigenous roots are rarely innocuous or, by our narrative standards, conventional. In one, for instance, after a man kills the alligator his three wives have taken for a lover, a pequi tree grows from the burnt reptile’s ashes. The wives enjoy the tree’s bountiful fruit, but they poison their husband with porridge made from the rinds. In two other stories, just hearing the sound of laughter causes death. Other entries range from a domestic dispute that ends with the discovery of tobacco growing from the corpse of a man’s wife to a creation myth in which Karu repeatedly tries to kill his son Rairu. Drawn from unidentified sources and illustrated with elaborately detailed paintings that originally appeared in a scarce Russian collection, the stories from the Amazon will be of anthropological interest, but they are likely to be harder for young readers to understand and enjoy than those in Mercedes Dorson and Jeanne Wilmot’s Tales from the Rain Forest (1997). Grades 4-6. --John Peters


... unquestionably authentic... ― Kirkus Reviews

These are tales that are real and breathe life into several cultures in this far and distant land. -- Gail De Vos ―
CM Magazine

The subject matter, representing eight different Amazonian peoples, is important . . . An excellent glossary, defining and describing the flora and fauna mentioned in the stories, is included. -- Gregory Martin ―
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Groundwood Books; Translation edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1554981859
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1554981854
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 - 10 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 - 5
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.19 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
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