SPIRIT OF THE MAYA by Guy Garcia

SPIRIT OF THE MAYA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Watered-down anthropology for young readers, subtitled ""A Boy Explores His People's Mysterious Past."" Garcia's first children's book revolves around a 12-year-old Lacando'n boy, Kin: Readers enter his daily life and then follow him to Palenque, where he explores tombs and pyramids and becomes familiar with his Mayan heritage. A short introduction and conclusion contain some facts about the Maya, but the format of the book is ill-suited for the presentation of information. It's not so much an ancestral journey as a realistic reproduction of the typical sight-seeing experience. Everything is very superficial: It's a surprise to learn in the text that Kin is sad, since the full-color photographs portray him in fairly high spirits; his final, swift acceptance of his roots seems strapped on to give the story closure, rather than arising from his discoveries.

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1995
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Walker