Sharuko El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello (Bilingual Spanish/English)

by Monica Brown (Author) Elisa Chavarri (Illustrator)

Sharuko El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello (Bilingual Spanish/English)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

A fascinating bilingual picture book biography of Peruvian archaeologist and national icon Julio C. Tello, who unearthed Peru's ancient cultures and fostered pride in the country's Indigenous history.

Growing up in the late 1800s, Julio Tello, an Indigenous boy, spent time exploring the caves and burial grounds in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. Nothing scared Julio, not even the ancient human skulls he found. His bravery earned him the boyhood nickname Sharuko, which means brave in Quechua, the language of the Native people of Peru.

Una fascinante biografía bilingüe ilustrada del arqueólogo peruano e ícono nacional Julio C. Tello, quien desenterró las culturas antiguas de Perú y fomentó el orgullo por la historia indígena del país.

Julio Tello, un niño indígena que creció a fines del siglo XIX, pasó tiempo explorando las cuevas y los cementerios en las estribaciones de los Andes peruanos. Nada asustó a Julio, ni siquiera los antiguos cráneos humanos que encontró. Su valentía le valió el apodo de niño Sharuko, que significa valiente en quechua, el idioma de los nativos de Perú.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 3-6-Julio C. Tello dreamed of documenting Indigenous history through an Indigenous perspective. Growing up in the shadow of the Andes mountains in the late 1800s, Tello heard about the glorious history of Peru from his father. The widespread death and destruction that followed in the wake of the Spanish invasion nearly erased thousands of years of pre-European history, but Tello was determined to discover it all. His fearless curiosity earned him the nickname Sharuko, which means brave in his Quechua language. He graduated from medical school in Lima, Peru, in 1909 and earned a graduate degree in anthropology from Harvard in 1911. Upon returning to Peru, he made many important archaeological discoveries and became known as the "founder of modern Peruvian archaeology." From the discovery of ancient skulls in his youth to his appointment as director of Peru's Museum of Anthropology in 1939, Tello's drive to uncover the heritage of his people helped him become Peru's first Indigenous archaeologist. Brown's bilingual narrative is clear and straightforward, making Tello's life and achievements easily accessible. Chavarri's colorful and upbeat illustrations highlight Tello's discoveries, from the endpapers featuring stone heads extracted from the Chavín de Huántar site to the motifs of Paracas textiles. VERDICT A highly recommended and inspiring portrayal of dedication and perseverance for today's generation of explorers.—Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County P.L., Tucson, AZ

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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* Informative and engaging. — The Horn Book, starred review

* Vibrant illustrations and a detailed bilingual text come together to tell the inspiring story of Julio C. Tello — Booklist, starred review

A highly recommended and inspiring portrayal of dedication and perseverance for today's generation of explorers. — School Library Journal, starred review

An Indigenous Peruvian boy grew up in the Andean highlands, visiting the tombs of his ancestors. This boy was Julio C. Tello, and he became the most important Indigenous Peruvian archaeologist of all time. In this beautiful and well-informed book, you will find the story of his perseverance and success. Tello fought against many obstacles to realize his dreams. Dr. Henry Tantaleán, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
This is a wonderful, lovingly-illustrated portrait of Julio C. Tello and his remarkable career. It will inspire young people to go out and make discoveries of their own, regardless of their backgrounds. As the founder of modern Peruvian archaeology, Tello is justly famous in Peru. This book will bring awareness of his great accomplishments to readers in North America. Dr. Richard L. Burger, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

This compact bio of a premier archaeologist whose discoveries came from the unique perspective of someone studying his own ancestors is a strong recommendation. — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Brown... succeeds again in making the passionate pursuit of a profession exciting for young readers. — Shelf Awareness

Monica Brown
La DRA. MONICA BROWN es autora galardonada de libros multiculturales para niños, incluidos Frida y sus Animalitos; Sharuko: El arqueólogo peruano/Peruvian Archeologist Julio C. Tello; Waiting for the biblioburro/Esperando al biblioburro; Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina, y la serie de libros de Lola Levine. Sus trabajos han sido reseñados y ampliamente premiados, y han aparecido en medios como The New York Times, The Washington Post y All Things Considered de NPR. Su nuevo lanzamiento, Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julian and Joaquín Castro, es su libro número 13 para niños. Es profesora en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona y vive en Flagstaff con su familia. Puede conocer más de Mónica en su página web y seguirla en su Twitter @monicabrownbks.
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Children's Book Press (CA)
Publication date
August 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF025060 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Central & South America
JNF051170 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Discoveries
Library of Congress categories
Spanish language materials
Indians of South America
Tello, Julio C
Texas Bluebonnet Awards Master List
2021 - 2022
School Library Journal Best Books of 2020
New York Public Library Best Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2020
CSMCL's Best Books of 2020
Pura Belpré Award
Honor Book

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