Reference: Wisniewski, D. ( 1991). Rain Player. New York. Clarion Books.

  • Book written by Native Indian about Native Indians.

Brief Annotation: This story is about the Ah Kin Mai and how an old priest kept consulting charts and calendars and kept getting the same result, there was going to be a terrible drought. The priest knew that was not good for crops and that without food the people of his tribe would starve. So the tribe blew in conch shells in hopes the Chac, god of rain would hear and have mercy on them. The priest played with many gods in order to get mercy and have rain water their crops. The player and the priest had the strength of a jaguar and the speed of a quetzal and gained great reown. That year there wasn’t a drought and thunder and rain finally came.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 4

Readers who will like this: Readers who like reading books about Native American Indians will enjoy this book, also if they are interested in learning about different cultures, and traditions.

Rating/Response 1-5: 2, This book was hard for me to read becuase I did not enjoy the story. The Indian language in the book was interesting however and I enjoyed all the colors on every page.

Text-Dependent Question: On the ball court what was the name of the game Pik played with his friends?