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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Mayan Hunter's Arrowhead. A young Mayan farmer persuades a retired hunter to teach her his craft.


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'Here they come! My two intrepid explorers - Charlotte and Lokesh.

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'I'm their Great Aunt Lizzie, you see,

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'and I wonder which one is coming to see me today...

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'Ah! So it's Charlotte.'

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-Hello, Charlotte.

-Hello, Great Aunt Lizzie.

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'Once upon a time, I travelled the world, discovering treasures

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'from long ago and far away, and no end of stories to remind me.

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'But my most precious possession of all is my extraordinary

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'collection of teacups.'

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Here we are!

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No time to count the clouds. Let's have a nice cup of tea and a story.

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-But first, we need the teacup.

-But which one?

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-That one!

-Ah! The Mayan hunter's arrowhead. Are you sure?

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Yeah. Thought it looked like an arrowhead.

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Well, people have hunted with bows and arrows since... Well, forever.

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Let's see what adventure this particular arrow is pointing

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-towards. Are you ready?

-Ready.

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Then, let me tell you the story of Charlotte And The Adventure

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Of The Mayan Hunter's Arrowhead.

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It all began over 1,000 years ago, before anybody here had ever

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heard of the place we now call Central America,

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deep in the forests and cities of old Yucatan.

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It was in the misty jungle where the ancient city of Mirador rose

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from the plains, taller even than the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

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Get your black beans and masa cake!

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The city was already 1,000 years old on the day Charlotte arrived,

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-to see a man trading fresh food with a young farmer.

-Yes, Miss!

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You, young lady! Black beans and masa cake? Oh, come on!

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-I have a very special ingredient!

-What special ingredient?

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They were made by me - the one and only Waoom,

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the most prodigious hunter in all of old Mirador. At your service, Ma'am.

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-Waoom? The hunter? You?

-Yes, the best of the best, once upon a time.

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But not any more, as is well known. I'll tell you what, Miss.

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I'll trade you two masa cakes for two scoops of your flour.

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And I'll tell you about the time I escaped the coils of a pit viper.

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-That old snake had a yawn so wide he could swallow a house!

-House?

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A mouth as wide as a house? Ha! You townfolk! Ha-ha!

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-Well, if that's how you're going to be...

-Oh, come on, Miss!

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-Miss, have a bite to eat.

-You want to trade, Mr Waoom, the hunter?

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Never mind a few scoops.

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I'll trade you my whole bag of flour if you can teach me how to hunt.

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You don't want to believe the tales of an old hunter now, do you, Miss?

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Sochil. I always wanted to be a hunter.

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Do you know how I got so old, Sochil?

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Because I can walk through the forest without breaking a twig.

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I can hear a white wolf breathe a mile away.

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And because, Sochil, I'm willing to walk away from a hunt,

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hungry and empty-handed.

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Are you?

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So, let's play Stealing The Jaguar's Meat.

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The trouble is, it's a game for three.

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Hello, I'm Charlotte.

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I'll play.

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Charlotte had volunteered, without even waiting to find out the rules.

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Now, I'm the jaguar. This is my meat. So is that, my friend.

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-Oh, no, you don't!

-I play by the laws of the jungle.

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Charlotte pressed on, but perhaps she should have been more cautious.

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Now, all you have to do is steal the meat from the old,

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blind jaguar and he'll teach you how to hunt.

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Fail and the cat keeps the meat.

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Without a flask to quench her thirst,

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Charlotte's adventures would be over.

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If she could just hold her breath, creep quietly in and...

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You need more practise, Miss.

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But your friend, she is good.

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Thank you. I was worried there. Sorry I didn't get your flour.

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That's OK. I won and you kept your water. Pretty good, really.

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So, we've got a deal? I got the jaguar's meat and you promised.

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But it wasn't so simple as that.

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The Woman of the Sea, Eskeknah, sits high on the cliff,

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guarding the eastern ocean.

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When she gives you your arrowhead for your first arrow,

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then I'll teach you how to hunt.

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I should probably go and explain it all to my brother, Tazeikin.

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Would you like to meet him?

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Charlotte felt honoured to be invited back to meet Sochil's

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brother, but did wonder whether he'd be as pleased with

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-the news as his sister was.

-No, no, no, no, no! No!

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-But he's going to teach me how to hunt.

-No!

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But, once I'm a hunter, we'll be able to eat as much meat as we want.

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I just need to go get the arrowhead from the Woman of the Sea

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and he'll teach me everything.

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-He was the greatest hunter in all of Yucatan.

-Oh, OK, then.

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That's fine. So what if there's a new crop to harvest?

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So what if the maize we've been growing for months is going

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to spoil in the field?

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So what if you've just traded our last bag of flour for a promise?

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You just go off on your wild adventure, Sochil the Great(!)

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By the time we've finished harvest,

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Waoom will have gone back to the capital.

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And in the meantime, we can't even give your guest anything for

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lunch except a half-eaten masa cake.

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-You've got some apologising to do!

-I'm sorry.

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I should never have brought you back with nothing for lunch.

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-I just got carried away with the excitement.

-It's OK.

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-We can share this.

-Tazeikin is right.

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I can't leave while the crops are ready for harvest.

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-The Woman of the Sea will have to wait.

-What should Charlotte do?

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Should she rush off to find the mysterious Woman of the Sea?

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Or should she think twice before leaping into action?

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Charlotte was in a quandary.

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-Can you see your face in it?

-Yes, but it doesn't look like me!

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Great Aunt Lizzie, it all went wrong because Waoom took away the flour.

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I don't think that was right.

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I suppose he wanted to be sure Sochil was serious about learning.

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He would have taken Charlotte's flask, too.

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Not everything on an adventure works out.

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Sometimes, you're in the thick of it before you realise you've

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made a mistake.

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The thing to do is to learn and to remember to think twice.

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I'm so glad Sochil saved the flask.

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She knew it was only right after being helped by a stranger.

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What about the arrowhead? Charlotte has to go and get it.

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I think you're right. Knowing Charlotte,

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she was never going to leave without returning a good deed, now, was she?

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Off went Charlotte in her hat, bag and boots.

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When she was almost out of breath, the path ran out!

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Charlotte took a deep breath.

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WINGS FLAP

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At last, she could see a tiny house, with smoke rising from

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a hole in the roof.

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But there was no time to admire the view.

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Charlotte had to get that arrowhead!

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Eskeknah was sitting on a small rock,

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-staring out into the empty eastern horizon.

-Excuse me!

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Waoom, the hunter, said you might have an arrowhead for my friend,

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-Sochil.

-And where is Sochil?

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She can't come. She has to help her brother with the

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maize harvest. She did me a good turn, so I'm doing her one.

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May I have an arrowhead, please?

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Did you ever hear of the game called Stealing The Jaguar's Meat?

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-Yeah, but it's a game for three.

-Waoom tell you that, did he?

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Always makes up the rules, that man.

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This time, it wasn't her flask she had to play for,

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but a hunter's arrowhead.

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-Don't you need a blindfold?

-Don't you trust me?

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Charlotte had never won this game, but she had an idea.

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If it was an arm she'd grabbed, it was awfully bony!

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SHE CHUCKLES

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-You won.

-Charlotte turned the little stone arrowhead over in her hand.

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It was shaped like a leaf, with a sharp, jagged edge.

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Perhaps you're the one who should become the hunter.

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-I prefer being an explorer.

-Then go and explore, Charlotte.

-Thank you.

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Bye!

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Back came Charlotte in her hat, bag and boots.

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As she approached the farm, she saw Sochil cooking a pot of soup.

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-I got it!

-I don't believe it! I was getting ready to go myself but...

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You saved my flask for me. I just wanted to help out in return.

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-Please join us for lunch, Charlotte.

-It's OK, we talked about it.

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With the harvest in, I can find someone else to help on the farm.

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I was a little bit jealous, to be honest.

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I'll think about that when I'm in the jungle with all

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the snakes and spiders!

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May I?

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And that was that - the whole box of tricks.

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Charlotte And The Mayan Hunter's Arrowhead.

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I didn't understand at first why Tazeikin made his sister feel bad

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-when her dreams were about to come true.

-But you do now?

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-He was worried and he needed her.

-Yes, he did.

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What's more important - following your dreams or staying

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-to help your family?

-What do you think, Charlotte?

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I think they're both important.

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And I think you're wise beyond your years.

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You must reach for the moon and follow your heart and,

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if it feels right, charge on!

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If it feels wrong, stop, go back and do the right thing. Oh, my!

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Well, doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Time to go.

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Now, how did that get there? Home time, Charlotte.

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-Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie!

-Cheery-bye, Charlotte!

-Bye!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Mayan Hunter's Arrowhead. A young Mayan farmer, who dreams of adventure, persuades a retired hunter to teach her his craft. But she has so much work to do on the farm she might miss the chance of a lifetime. Charlotte journeys across the Yucatan peninsula in search of the Woman of the Sea, and the arrowhead that could change the farmer's life forever!


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