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The Protective Jaguar
Cristina Falcón Maldonado, Illustrated by Marta Fàbrega - All books by this author
1, 2, 3 Suddenly in . . . Series - All books in this series
Young Martin's grandfather was once a world explorer, and now he has given Martin a key that opens the door to his secret storeroom. That's where Grandpa keeps a very special travel album and a magic necklace that can transport Martin to different faraway places. On Martin's arrival in each country, he is greeted by friendly hosts who show him important places to visit, introduce him to the local culture, and teach him several simple phrases in the country's language. The color-illustrated books in the 1, 2, 3 series offer kids fascinating reading experiences while also introducing them to different people and cultures around the world.
In this book, Martin visits Mayan ruins in Teotihuacan, climbs the Pyramid of the Sun, and sees the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. In modern Mexico City, he watches a parade in which the men dress in fantastic animal costumes, and then he rides a boat through canals decorated with floating gardens that were originally created by the Aztecs. He also learns about the Day of the Dead celebration and visits a rain forest, where ancient Mayan ruins stand amid luxuriant tropical surroundings. Companion volumes to this fascinating book take Martin on exciting journeys to several other countries. (Ages 6–10)
Paperback / 36 Pages / 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 / 2011