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The Legend of Mexicatl

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Jo Harper
Illustrator: Robert Casilla
Date of Publication: 1998
ISBN: 1890515051
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2002

Synopsis: (from the pulisher) In this story of the hero for whom Mexico is named, children learn of Mexicatl, a young man whose spiritual vision inspires him to lead his people out of the scorching desert to their new homeland.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  At the end of the book, the author tells us about legends being told by pictographs drawn on deer skins. Take a strip of paper and draw your own story using your own pictographs.
•  What was the next adventure of Mexicatl and his people? Write it and illustrate.
•  Make a feather headband and illustrate it from scenes from the book.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!