The Corn Grows Ripe

Paperback | June 1, 1993

byDorothy RhoadsIllustratorCharlot Jean

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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.

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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

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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.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.25 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

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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