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Secret of the Andes (Puffin Book) Paperback – October 28, 1976
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Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Ann Nolan Clark graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1919 with a degree in education. For many years she worked for the US Bureau of Indian Affairs as a teacher of Native American students. After noticing that her Tesuque Pueblo school had scarcely any educational material geared toward Native Americans, she began to write children's books that catered to the language and culture of her students. While traveling through Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Brazil under the employment of the Institute of Inter-American Affairs, Clark was inspired to write her 1953 Newbery Medal–winning book Secret of the Andes.
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That being said, this book was interesting to my son and even my daughter wanted to read it. It was informative and it helped prepare my kids for this trip.
My son read the bulk of this book while on his OWN ADVENTURE in the sacred valley. Coincidentally, when the boy arrived in cusco, we had just arrived in cusco after spending a week deeper in ollantaytambo. It was so cool to see my 9 year old feel like he was the character.
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It uses high language and a lot of esoteric imagery. I read it to my seventh grade students who found it much more interesting when I played "Sukay" music of the Andes, and passed around photos of native Quechua people and llamas.
The story was very believable. It helps to have some knowledge of Inca beliefs, the history of the Spanish 'conquest' and a knowledge of llamas. If you have this information, the story seem more like history than fiction.
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