cover image Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris

Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris

Linda Elovitz Marshall, trans. into the Spanish by Eida de la Vega, illus. by Elisa Chavarri. Children’s Book Press, $18.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-89239-374-9

A Guatemalan girl named Ixchel longs to learn how to weave like her mother and the other women in their community, but her mother tells her that she is too young and that there isn’t enough thread. Searching for alternative weaving materials, Ixchel collects the plastic bags that litter the countryside, tearing them into strips and using them on her homemade loom—while also leaving her village looking cleaner. Chavarri incorporates bright splashes of color into her expressive illustrations, which emphasize Ixchel’s innovation and pride. An author’s note describes the real-life story that inspired Marshall’s fiction, an inspiring example of ingenuity, dedication, and small actions with big results. Ages 6–9.[em] Author’s agent: Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis. (Oct.) [/em]