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The Girl from Chimel

Written by Rigoberta Menchú • Translated by David Unger • Written by Dante Liano • Illustrated by Domi

For kids - 9 years old | Published September 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781554982660
JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Caribbean & Latin American

Cover of The Girl from Chimel

Regular price $18.95 CAD

56 pages
Digital Format

About this book

The Girl from Chimel

Rigoberta Menchú • David Unger • Dante Liano • Domi

Nobel Peace Prize winner and noted Maya activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum brings the world of her childhood vividly to life in The Girl from Chimel. This evocative memoir for children is beautifully illustrated by noted Mazatec-Mexican artist Domi.

Before the thirty-six-year war in Guatemala, despite the hardships the Maya people had endured since the time of the Conquest, life in their highland villages had a beauty and integrity that were changed forever by the conflict and brutal genocide that were to come. Through stories of her grandparents and parents and of the natural world, and her retellings of the stories that she was told as a young girl, Rigoberta Menchú presents a rich, humorous and engaging picture of that lost world.

Key Text Features

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

About the Creators

Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchu Tum won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. She lives in Guatemala and devotes herself to fighting for the rights of Maya Guatemalans and other First Nations in the Americas.

David Unger

David Unger, originally from Guatemala, is a well-known translator, poet and novelist who lives in New York City.

Dante Liano

Dante Liano is an eminent Guatemalan writer and National Literature Award laureate. He currently lives in Milan, where he teaches Latin American literature.


Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez as well as The Night the Moon Fell and The Race of Toad and Deer by Pat Mora. She is Mazateca and lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Awards and Praise
Domi...adds full-page, folk-art style scenes in glowing colors...the effect is as atmospheric as the text.
  • Commended ALA Notable Books List, 2006