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Age Range
5 - 8
Genre
Page Count
40
Publisher
Children's Book Press (CA)
Grade Level
Pre-K - 3rd
ISBN
978-0892393749

Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris

Written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris is a story about perseverance, community, and the ancient Mayan art of weaving.

Ixchel wants to follow in the long tradition of weaving on backstrap looms, just as her mother, grandmother, and most Mayan women have done for more than two thousand years. But Ixchel's mother is too busy preparing her weavings for market. If they bring a good price, they will have money to pay for Ixchel s school and books. And besides, there is not enough extra thread for Ixchel to practice with.

Disappointed, Ixchel first tries weaving with blades of grass, and then with bits of wool, but no one would want to buy the results. As she walks around her village, Ixchel finds it littered with colorful plastic bags. There is nowhere to put all the bags, so they just keep accumulating.

Suddenly, Ixchel has an idea! She collects and washes the plastic bags. Then she cuts each bag into thin strips. Sitting at her loom, Ixchel weaves the plastic strips into a colorful fabric that looks like a beautiful rainbow just like the weavings of Mayan women before her.

Age Range
5 - 8
Genre
Page Count
40
Publisher
Children's Book Press (CA)
Grade Level
Pre-K - 3rd
ISBN
978-0892393749