Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoades

Synopsis: When his father is badly injured in an accident, a young Mayan boy called Tigre wonders who will plant and harvest the corn that they need to survive--and to please the Mayan gods. Twelve-year-old Tigre has never done a man's work before. Now he will have to take his father's place. (from the back of the book)

Review: This was a pleasant little book. The author does a fine job of bringing the traditions of modern Mayan people (well, modern for 1957, when the book was written) to life. It was fascinating to read about the mix of Mayan and Christian religions and the traditions and culture of these people. The main character, Tigre, was interesting and the author did a good job of showing his growth.
Despite all this, I found this book a bit lack-luster. It's a good book and I would recommend it, in particular to someone looking for books for young boys, but for me, this just wasn't my cup of tea.

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: Newbery Honor, 1957

ISBN: 0-14-036313-0
Date Finished: 1-22-2014
Pages: 88

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