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Rain Player
Contributor(s): Wisniewski, David

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ISBN: 0395720834     ISBN-13: 9780395720837
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1995

Annotation: 32 pp. Pub: 9/95".An unusual story of a young Mayan ballplayer who, defying the priest's prophecy of a drought to come in the year ahead, challenges the rain god to a game of pok-a-tok . . . The great beauty of the volume and its lesson on Mayan culture make it a unique and worthwhile purchase".--School Library Journal. Full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mayas; Juvenile fiction.
Mayas; Fiction.
Indians of Central America; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Ancient Civilizations
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 90044101
Lexile Measure: 530
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 11.00" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 6990
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q09524
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
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Publisher Description:
The ancient Mayan belief that the future was divinely decreed and could not be changed is the basis for this original tale of a boy who must defeat the Rain God in a ball game to save his people from disaster. Mayan art and architecture were the inspiration for the spectacular cut-paper artwork.

Contributor Bio(s):
David Wisniewski (wiz-NESS-key) was born in Middlesex, England, in 1953. After training at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he spent three years as a clown, designing and constructing his own props, costumes, and gags. He was subsequently hired by his future wife, Donna, as a performer with a traveling puppet theatre. Married six months later, the Wisniewskis started their own troupe, Clarion Shadow Theatre, specializing in shadow puppetry. In the course of creating the plays, puppets, and projected scenery, Mr. Wisniewski evolved the storytelling techniques and art skills that eventually led to his picture books with their unique cut-paper illustrations. His retelling of GOLEM was awarded the 1997 Caldecott Medal. David Wisniewski died in 2002 in the Maryland home he shared with his wife and two children.

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