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Children's Book Press


New York, New York, United States of America

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Archaeological Anthropology | Children's and Young Adult Literature | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Indigenous Education | Indigenous Studies | Latin American Literature | Latin American Studies | Library and Information Science | Modern Languages | Modern Literature | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


Children's literature, reviews, Julio C. Tello, Peru, archaeology, indigenous studies, spanish language, bilingualism


Sometimes, nicknames people receive as children do not follow them into adulthood. However, in the case of Julio—or Sharuko—his nickname was a fitting description of who he was throughout his life. “…Julio was brave and curious. This earned him the nickname Sharuko, which means ‘brave’ in Quechua.” Julio C. Tello was an indigenous boy who grew up in the mountains of Peru. He loved to explore, study artifacts, and learn about the history of the Peruvian people. The story of Sharuko follows Julio from childhood to adulthood. The readers watch him move to Lima (the capital of Peru) and struggle to get by while working two jobs, finish medical school, and eventually put that surgical knowledge to use, studying anthropology and remains of ancient peoples in Peru. Sharuko is a fascinating story all on its own, but even more fascinating, perhaps, is the fact that it is all true. Julio C. Tello was a real man, and in 1919 and 1927 he made the two most important archaeological discoveries in Peruvian history. This book follows the story of his life, his work, and his accomplishments. With text in both English and Spanish, it allows a bilingual audience to marvel at the discoveries Sharuko made and appreciate Peruvian culture as a whole. For many children, Sharuko may be a name they have never heard before; for others, it may be as common as the name of the current US President. Regardless, this sentimental tale opens a new window for children interested in history and culture and recounts the story of someone who was very important to Peru’s history. Highly Recommended. Katie Gosman, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University.



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Review of <em>Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello</em> by Monica Brown

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