Naiya and the Pond of Stars is a classic version of the hero’s tale for children grades four and five. Naiya, an adolescent boy living in a Mayan village one-thousand-years ago is provoked by an Eagle who lures him to the Temple of Astronomy. There Naiya meets a clever astronomer and teacher who takes the boy on a journey of self-discovery. The story concludes with Naiya conquering his fears and finding a place in the community.