Maya's Treasure by Laurie Smollett Kutscera
In a tiny tropical village near the sea, sisters Alita and Maya carry on their grandmother's traditional craft: fashioning jewelry from seashells. They scour the shore, searching for the best specimens.
Alita critically examines each carapace, choosing only the perfectly formed pieces. Maya has a different approach. She considers the intrinsic value in stained and broken pieces. Inspired by the words of her grandmother and the gentle island breezes, she uses shell fragments to
make wind chimes.
When loud incessant sounds of clanking shells waken the villagers and warn of an impending storm, Maya's imaginative use of broken pieces saves villagers' lives.
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Art is evocative of lush island life, brimming with a variety of golden hues, and deep shades of blue. Kutscera's illustrations show the vastness of the shore and days filled with sun-washed brightness. In contrast, storm scenes are muted dark shades that suggest the terror of the squall. Depictions of night have a dreamlike quality.
While obviously siblings, each girl has her own hair color and skin tone.
Sights and Sounds of Wind Chimes
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Young readers can fashion wind chimes from an assortment of objects. Chimes can produce a variety of sounds. The sonance depends upon material type as well as construction techniques.