Linda Marshall’s latest RAINBOW WEAVER published this month to some nice reviews and is a Junior Library Guild Selection!
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 the market. If the weavings sell at 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.
Booklist called RAINBOW WEAVER, “A cheerful tale of innovation with strong multicultural ties.”
Kiruks Reviews say, “Inspired by an organization of weavers in Guatemala, Marshall presents here an uncomplicated story meant to stir and inspire…A buoyant, accessible, if simplified tribute to Mayan weaving.”
Fans of Omar S. Castañeda’s Abuela’s Weave will enjoy this lovely selection about perseverance, community, and the ancient Mayan art of weaving… An uplifting offering that would be a wonderful addition to picture book collections and STEAM programs.” –School Library Journal
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