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Friday, June 2, 2017

Rainbow Weaver

Rainbow Weaver
by Linda Elovitz Marshall; illus. by Elisa Chavarri
40 pages; ages 6-9
Children's Book Press, 2016

themes: diversity, art, family

High in the mountains above Lake Atitlan, Ixchel watched her mother weave thread into fabric as beautiful as a rainbow.

When Ixchel asks if she can weave, Mama suggests she help count threads. But Ixchel wants to weave. She wants to help pay for her books and school.

What I like love about this book: Ixchel sets off to find her own weaving materials. She kicks aside the plastic bags that people have discarded on their way home from market, and gathers tall grasses to use on a loom she makes from sticks. When they don't work, she gathers bits of wool and twists it into yarn. Dissatisfied with that, she tries weaving with plastic bags - after all, they are everywhere!


I love that author Linda Marshall traveled to Guatamala to meet weavers and learn how they recycle unwanted plastic into products that they sell in the market place. She wrote about that trip earlier this year here. In an author's note, Linda tells how she was inspired to write this book by a friend who sells the weavers' placemats, coasters, purses, and baskets. And I love that the endpapers resemble Mayan textiles. Oh, and did I say that the book is bilingual? Lo puedes leer en espaƱol.

Beyond the book:

Read how some people are turning plastic bags into mats for homeless people. They cut the bags into strips and crochet the strips into thick mats - it takes more than 500 bags for each mat!

Want to weave a plastic rug or mat of your own? All you need is a loom - here's how to make one out of cardboard. There are links to weaving techniques - all you need to supply are the warp strings and plastic bags.

Or try making a coiled basket or coaster. Here's how.

You can find out more about Linda and her books at her website.

Today is PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publishers.

7 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful story about a girl who finds her own way of making beauty. Colorful illustrations and a very appealing cover. I love beautiful woven items, especially from South America. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great stories about women who make the world better through creativity and hard work. There is so much room for these kinds of books. I think this would pair well with "One Plastic Bag" by Miranda Paul and/or Isabel Campoy's "Maybe Something Beautiful". Thank you for highlighting!

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  3. I love 'got lemons' stories! Thanks for posting!

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  4. What touching illustrations, I am captivated. Thanks for featuring this one.

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  5. So much to love for me with this one - multicultural, weaving and writing! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a wonderful idea for a story. The pictures look charming. Thanks for the post.

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  7. I love this story. Beautiful illustrations, multicultural and helping the environment. Thanks for sharing.

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