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The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

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Batchelder Award Honor Book
School Library Journal Best of the Year
Kirkus Best of the Year
Booklist Editors' Choice
Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids
Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
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"Hypnotizing...Provocative...Disarming"—The New York Times

"Evocative and stirring...mesmerizing to read aloud."—The Wall Street Journal

★ "Visually striking...full of vivid language."—Publishers Weekly (starred)

★ A rich anthology to understand and delight in Native traditions."—Booklist (starred)

★ "Begs to be read aloud."—Kirkus (starred)

★ "Impressive, handsome, and universally appealing."—Horn Book (starred)

★ "Breathtaking and simply beautiful."—School Library Journal (starred)

★ "The language sparkles and the tales beg to be read aloud."—School Library Connection (starred)

"Visually arresting, captivating collection of traditional stories."—Shelf-Awareness

"David Bowles' graceful translation renders this volume an excellent addition to any storytelling collection."—BCCB

"One-of-a-kind...A collection that will appeal to children, but also to any lover and collector of books."—BookRiot

A collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents—the Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it—from the Andes all the way up to Alaska.

Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories.

ISBN-13: 9781646140152

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Levine Querido

Publication Date: 02-23-2021

Pages: 240

Product Dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

María García Esperón was born in Mexico City and has won many awards including the Hispanic American Poetry Award for Children. Her novel Dido for Aeneas was selected in 2016 on the IBBY Honour List. Amanda Mijangos was born in Mexico City and is the founder of the illustration studio Cuarto para las 3. Her work has been recognized with awards several times and in 2017 she was the winner of the VIII Iberoamerica Illustra Catalog. David Bowles is a Mexican American author and translator from South Texas. Among his multiple award-winning books are Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, and They Call Me Güero. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

Table of Contents

Spider Grandmother Hopi 1

Aztlan Mexico (Nahua) 4

Bacabs Maya 7

Bochica Maisca 11

Coatlicue Mexico (Nahuo) 15

Hummingbird Guarani 19

Great Flood Andean 24

Golden King Muisca 28

Brave Souls of the Dead Mapuche 33

Bunched Stars Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) 38

Sak Nikte Maya 42

Land of Fire Selk'nam (Ona) 46

Guabancex Taino 51

Guahayona Taino 53

Hun and Vucub K'iche' (Maya) 57

Hurakan K'iche' (Maya) 63

Ixquic the Maiden K'iche' (Maya) 66

K'awil and the Prince Mopan (Maya) 71

Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Nahua 75

Heart of the Mountain Nahua 81

Ball Game K'iche' (Maya) 85

Kukulkan Yucatec and K'iche' (Maya) 90

Kuyen Mapuche 93

Llorona Nahua and colonial 97

Aakulujjuusi and Uumarnituq Inuit 100

Mayahuel Nahua 104

Monetá Muisca 108

Nahual Nahua 112

Nanahuatzin Nahua 118

Ñamandú Guarani 121

Ñandesy Guarani 126

White-faced Bear Alutiiq (Sugpiaq) 130

Oxomoco and Cipactonal Nahua 136

Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal Nahua 139

Pacha Kamaq, Andean 142

Shepherd and Maiden Andean 147

Quetzalcoatl Toltec (Nahua) 155

Quilaztli Mexico (Nahua) 160

Oak Tree Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) 163

Rimac Andean 169

Sedna Inuit 173

Sibo Cabecar and Bribri 176

Tamoanchan Nahua 179

Tlalocan Nahua 183

Uirapuru Guarani 188

Universe Mexico (Nahua) 192

Blue Deer Wixarika (Huichol) 197

Viracocha Andean 201

Gichi-manidoo Ojibwe 205

Waleker Wayuu 209

Xibalba K'iche' (Maya) 213

XolotI Nahua 219

Yaya and Yayael Taino 222

Yupanqui Andean 226

Cemis Taino 229

Zamna Itsa (Maya) 232

Back Matter (Transcription of Indigenous Terms Pronunciation Guide A Quick Guide to Cultures Map Glossary Bibliography) 236