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The Boy Who Wouldn't Obey: A Mayan Legend

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According to Mayan legend, Chac is one of the gods of the sky who control rain, wind, thunder, and lighting. With his bottomless gourd of rain, his bag of winds, his booming drum, and his flashing ax, Chac is a mighty lord. But all his powers can't give him the patience to handle a mischievous mortal boy he plucks from the forest to be his servant. This particular boy rare ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 2000)
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Kristyan Williams
Jul 19, 2010 Kristyan Williams rated it really liked it
This book is based on a Mayan legend called "Chac," and could be used in a social studies class to supplement a unit on Mayan history. It would also work well in a language arts class during a study on legends. The story is fun because it is filled with fantasy and the pages are covered in very bright illustrations that are reminiscent of Tommy DiPaola's work. Although little cultural information about the Maya is seen in the actual story, the author uses an end note to provide background knowle ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
This book is based off of a Mayan Legend about a boy who never listened. It was meant to explain how we get thunder, rain and lightning. It would be good for Elementary students to get an idea of different legends and Mayan history. I did not like how mean "Chac" was to the boy, and that could possibly scare the kids.
Oct 12, 2010 Tycho rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book. I didn't like the firing ax and the mean guy, Chac. I really didn't like him. I thought the boy was smart, like when he tied the rope to the tree so he could get down from Chac's house.
Oct 03, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it
I recommend reading the forward of this book before reading the story. It explains the illustrations which helps understanding of the story.
Nice, Mayan-style illustrations and a just-long-enough-without-being-too-long retelling of the Chac the Rain God myth.
Nov 01, 2012 Shunta rated it liked it
A Mayan Legend. Good research. Illustrations questionable. Story was okay.
Jul 13, 2010 S10_Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: latina-o, folk-tales
The main character was a boy. For students K - 3.
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