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by Trudy Sauri

A ten-year-old girls disobeys her parents when she skips school to explore caves and archeological sites. Her personal rebellion coincides with rebellion scenes allowing her to become a heroine. Photo illustrated, realistic fiction set in the 1930s Yucatan, Mexico.
Download Gift of Yucatan: Maria's Rebellion epub
ISBN: 097976372X
ISBN13: 978-0979763724
Category: Children
Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
Author: Trudy Sauri
Language: English
Publisher: Your Culture Gifts (July 31, 2008)
Pages: 88 pages
ePUB size: 1689 kb
FB2 size: 1360 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 578
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Trudy Sauri captures the feelings and frustrations of moving into adolescence, the need for self esteem, parental love and acceptance, and the spirit of independence and rebellion. "Maria's Rebellion" another in the "Gift of the Yucatan" series is about change, risk taking, and the consequences of bad choices.

Ten year old Maria faces family turmoil during a time of political unrest in the Yucatan during the 1930's. Papa's frequent absences from home have created an atmosphere of tension and anger. Strict rules and severe punishment prevail which lead to deception and rebellion.

Maria's rebellion begins when her father has to leave the family in the midst of a holiday celebration. Family tradition brought them together for a gala fiesta. Disappointed and hurt, as an act of defiance, Maria took money from her father's store and gambled it away with her best friend Angela and some local boys in a game of Kimbomba. Maria's rebellion leads to skipping school and an adventure exploring the forbidden caves of Loltun with her brother.

After Papa confronted her about the missing money she lied and blamed Angela for taking the money to escape punishment. Angela was punished by her parents causing her to resent Maria and broke off their friendship.

In another kind of rebellion (a political town meeting) Maria had a chance to show bravery. Papa helped Maria understand the consequences of her rebellion and the hurt that others experienced because of wrong choices.

The Gift of the Yucatan Series is designed for the young reader and is an excellent resource for learning about the Yucatan culture and history. Guided conversations will provide an excellent tool for assimilating the important information and character development emphasized throughout the story. An important glossary is included which will help English readers improve their communication skills with our Mexican neighbors. Beautiful color pictures enhance the enjoyment of reading and understanding the Yucatan locale and customs

"Maria's Rebellion" teaches lessons on integrity, loyalty, obedience, and making good choices. The story is engaging, packed with adventure, and is memorable. Highly recommended for the Juvenile and Teenage reader.
Gift of the Yucatan: Maria's Rebellion
By Trudy Sauri

Ten-year-old Maria is growing up in the tropical climate of the Yucatan, in 1935. Her father is so busy with his business that he doesn't pay much attention to Maria or her family. She rebel's against school and takes money from the family store, blaming her best friend when she gets caught.

Maria is sure that her antics will soon get her father's attention; even if it causes her to get a whipping. Maria manages to lose her best friend, and gets her brother hurt in her selfish rebellion.

Will Maria be able to get her best friend back? Will she regain her mother's trust, and her father's love?

I enjoyed this historical novel of the Yucatan and a young girl's rebellion during the troubled times of the 1930's. This author captured the essence of the culture, and the time period. Her characters will capture your heart.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood, Author:
Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)
Maria's Rebellion gives a unique look into the Yucatan of the 1930's and, in particular, the life of children. Ten-year-old Maria finds many ways to get into trouble. She skips school. She takes money without asking. She sneaks away and worries her family. She goes to a dangerous cave and gets both her brother and herself hurt. In the end, she discovers that the approval of her parents, her family, and her friends is more important than doing what she wants. We learn about the Day of the Dead, about the class system in that society, and about many other aspects of daily life.
Great book. I loved it and the other books. They are interesting to say the least