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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?

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This is a popular choice of a story based on Maya folktale for KS2, and is useful as an enjoyable basis for exploring Maya folklore rather than for looking at historical details with accuracy. It tells the tale of the Maya king who brings his people the gift of a chocolate tree, much to the displeasure of his brother, Night Jaguar, who plots to rid the people of this special treat and keep it for the gods. The Chocolate Tree has a high appeal to lower KS2 because of its accessible text, fun premise and bold illustrations.

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