Lake Worth, FL, August 20, 2012 --(PR.com)-- When children migrate to the United States, they sometimes feel ashamed of who they are and where they came from. Six English titles and six Spanish editions of Stories of Guatemalan Art to be released September 1, instill pride in Guatemalan immigrants and teach others to appreciate their culture too.
“Many Mayans sought asylum in the United States during the Guatemalan Civil War from 1960 to 1996,” stated Dr. John Linstroth II, the executive director of the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, Florida. “Those immigrants and their progeny face a loss of cultural identity. The Stories of Guatemalan Art use art to illustrate traditions which are uniquely Mayan; the weaving, legends, dance, calendar, and architecture.”
“The series honors the rich cultural heritage of Guatemalan immigrants,” stated Aileen Josephs, Honorary Consul of Guatemala. “The art is beautiful and the stories are authentic.”
“Stories of Guatemalan Art tap into the prior knowledge of our Mayan students, who are learning English as a second language,” stated Mike Riley, Principal of South Grade Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida. “When students see a familiar picture on the page, it supports engagement and adds meaning to their reading.”
Priced at $8 for paperbacks, $16 for hard covers, and $40 for six packs, the series is being distributed by Follett Library Resources, under the categories of Art, Social Studies, Dual Language, and Multicultural.
A 20% educational discount on bulk purchases are being offered through Rebecca Hinson Publishing (561-267-5756.) The School District of Palm Beach County recently made a pre-release purchase of books for all elementary media centers. “In choosing books for K-12 Curriculum African/African American, Latino, and Gender Studies, we seek books rich in culture and history,” stated Dr. Cathy L. Pressey of the School District of Palm Beach County.
Tecún Umán tells the story of the Quetzal and the Mayan king who fought bravely to defend his people. Tikal shows the architecture, monuments, and treasures of the Kings who ruled the great Mayan city, Tikal. The Mayan Calendar explains how the Mayas combined their beliefs and astronomy to create their calendar. Backstrap Weaving illustrates the Mayan tradition of weaving for the last 1200 years. Dance of the Deer interprets the dance which hunters perform to ask Mother Earth’s permission to hunt deer. Creation of the Mayas recounts the ancient legend of how the gods created the Mayan people.
Author Rebecca Hinson teaches the art of Central America and the Caribbean at South Grade Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida. A graduate of Duke University and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, she regularly gives workshops in teaching literacy through multicultural art. The Spanish editions were written by Angela M. Gonzalez. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Universidad de Salamanca, she teaches dual language at South Grade Elementary. Editor Dr. Richard Lederer is the author of 40 books about language, history, and humor. He is the founding co-host of A Way With Words on Public Radio.
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