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Groundwood Books

The Honey Jar

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

For kids 8 - 12 years old | Published September 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773065076
JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Caribbean & Latin American

Cover of The Honey Jar

Regular price $12.95 CAD

64 pages
Digital Format

About this book

The Honey Jar

Rigoberta Menchú • Dante Liano • David Unger • Domi

In this book, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Maya activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum returns to the world of her childhood.

The Honey Jar brings us the ancient stories her grandparents told her when she was a little girl, and we can imagine her listening to them by the fire at night. These Maya tales include creation myths, a classic story about the magic twins (which can also be found in the Popol Vuh), explanations of how and why certain natural phenomena came to exist, and animal tales. The underworld, the sky, the sun and moon, plants, people, animals, gods and demi-gods are all present in these stories, and through them we come to know more about the elements that shaped the Mayas’ understanding of the world.

Rich and vibrant illustrations by noted Mazatec-Mexican artist Domi perfectly complement these magical Maya tales.

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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.

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.

David Unger

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


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
[A] delightful collection...The colours are vivid and brilliant, evoking a tropical atmosphere, and the simple images should appeal to all readers.
  • Long-listed Child Magazine Best Book Award, 2006
  • Commended Americas Award Commended List, 2007