White Flower: A Maya Princess

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Montejo’s grandmother told him this Mayan version of the Spanish folktale, Blanca Flor.

Available in hardcover.  Victor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya),  White Flower: A Maya Princess. 2005, translated by Chloe Catan, color illustrations by Rafael Yockteng.

Montejo’s grandmother told him this Mayan version of the Spanish folktale, Blanca Flor. Here, the father is W’itz Ak’al, the Lord of the Forest, who rides huge deer and eats the spirits of those unfortunate people who had bargained their hearts for extreme wealth. W’itz Ak’al’s daughter, Saj Haq’b’al (White Flower) is no wimpy, self-sacrificing “Snow White” either: she, too, commands the forces of nature. An impoverished young prince, Witol Balam, knows all this, yet takes on a series of seemingly impossible tasks in order to marry this strong young woman (who helps by making the impossible possible) while ameliorating the wrath of her father. Young readers will love this magical story.