The Chocolate Tree

[A Mayan Folktale]

From the Series On My Own Folklore

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Ever wonder where chocolate came from? We have the Mayan king Kukulkán to thank. Kukulkán is more than a king—he is also a god. One day he brings his people an amazing gift: a chocolate tree! But there is just one problem. Kukulkán’s brother, Night Jaguar, doesn’t want regular people to have chocolate. He thinks only gods should eat the tempting treat. Will Night Jaguar prevail? Or will the Mayans get to keep their chocolate tree?

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-58013-851-2
$7.99 $7.99
978-0-76134-669-2
$38.65 $28.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2008-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.6
Reading Counts! Points 2.0
BISACS JNF052030
Dewey 398.2'0899742
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 590
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 122246
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and Websites

Reviews

School Library Journal

“These folktales are separated into sections, giving them the appearance of early chapter books. The large-print texts, accompanied by bright watercolor illustrations, reflect the culture from which they originated while remaining straightforward and concise, keeping emerging readers in mind.” —School Library Journal

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.

Author: Linda Lowery

Author: Richard Keep

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On My Own Folklore

Folklore characters come to life in these magically illustrated titles. Each story shares both the facts and the fiction behind the tall tale and explains how the story became a part of folklore. View available downloads →