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NAPÍ FUNDA UN PUEBLO/NAPÍ MAKES A VILLAGE by Antonio Ramírez

NAPÍ FUNDA UN PUEBLO/NAPÍ MAKES A VILLAGE

By Antonio Ramírez (Author) , Domi (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88899-965-8
Publisher: Groundwood

As brilliant as backlit stained glass, Domi’s big, naïve watercolors create a lush country setting for this child’s account of her village’s relocation. Because the new dam will flood their old San Pedro Ixcatlán, a vanguard of Mazatecan families travels ahead to clear and plant rice fields for a “Nuevo Ixcatlán.” In buoyant tones, young Napí records the journey, sighting a jaguar, how burning off the underbrush for the new settlement left everything—including her little brother Niclé—ashy grey and finally a dream that combines these and other memories in the wake of a scary accident to her Namí (father). The Spanish and English texts are placed well apart on facing pages beneath the full-spread illustrations. As in Napí’s previous two appearances (Napí Goes to the Mountain, 2006, etc.), the author and illustrator, who are human-rights activists, build in a subtle political subtext, but children will respond most readily to Napí’s guileless optimism. A glossary translates Mazatec words into both Spanish and English. (Bilingual picture book. 6-8)