The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy RhoadsThe Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads

The Corn Grows Ripe

byDorothy RhoadsIllustratorCharlot Jean

Paperback | June 1, 1993

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A Newbery Honor Book
Can Tigre find the strength and courage to support his family?
When Tigre’s father is badly injured in an accident, the family is thrown into turmoil. Who will plant and harvest the corn that they need to survive—and to please the Mayan gods? The neighbors have fields of their own to tend, and Tigre’s mother and grandmother cannot do it on their own. Twelve-year-old Tigre has never done a man’s work before. Can he shoulder the burden on his own, and take his father’s place?  
“A book of special artistic distinction, with its well-told story rich in Mayan folkway and custom and its boldly appropriate drawings.”—The Horn Book
Dorothy Rhoads is the author of The Corn Grows Ripe, a Newbery Honor book.
Title:The Corn Grows RipeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.27 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140363130

ISBN - 13:9780140363135

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not very exciting historical fiction I read this book with my children, which is a Newbery Honor Book. The story takes place in a Mayan village in the Yucatan. Dionisio is a young 12-year old boy. His nickname, Tigre, which means jaguar, suits him because he is “spirited and mischievous and curious...and lazy too.” A tree falls on Tigre’s father, and he is lucky that he suffers only a broken leg. There is no bonesetter in the village, so Tigre must travel 17 kilometers through bush. Tigre brings the bonesetter back to his home, and the medicine man sets the broken bone and puts a splint on the leg but says it will take a long time before he recovers and it will not be until harvest time. This renders him unable to bush, burn, and plant the corn. Tigre realizes that it is up to him to perform the laborious work, but his family is skeptical that lazy Tigre is up to the task. I love to learn about other cultures and beliefs, but this book fell a little flat for me. I thought it was a little boring and dry. I did appreciate that Tigre learns some responsibility, and I think that was this book’s saving grace for me! MY RATING: 2 stars – Meh, it was just “ok.” My 9 year-old daughter liked it a little more than I did and gave it 3 stars. She thought the book became more interesting towards the end.
Date published: 2011-12-24

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When his father is badly injured in an accident, a young Mayan boy called Tigre wonders who will plant and harvest the corn that they need to survive--and to please the Mayan gods. Twelve-year-old Tigre has never done a man's work before. Now he will have to take his father's place. A Newbery Honor Book