Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Hummingbird King written and adapted by Argentina Palacios illustrated by Felipe Davalos*

A Guatemalan Legend
An older chief and his wife had no son to succeed him so the chief's younger brother, Chiruma, was to succeed him.  The chief's wife, however, really wanted a son so she prayed earnestly to the gods for a son.  The gods answered her prayer and gave her an son.  Omens, like being born on the 13th day of a month and a hummingbird perched outside his room, revealed that this son would be extraordinary.  At his naming ceremony the high priest gave them a red feather from the perching hummingbird.  As long as he carried the feather with him, he would be protected.  They named him Kukul, meaning "beautiful feather".
Of course, Kukul's uncle was not pleased that he no longer had the chance to be king so he set out to sabotage the boy and in the end, seemingly succeeds.
Warning: Violence (spear with blood oozing out of Kukul)
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.
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