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The Princess and the Warrior

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Published by Abrams, 2016
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒19721304

Ages 6-9

The princess Izta is known for her beauty but rejects all suitors until the warrior Popoca compliments her kind and beautiful heart. Her father admires Popoca抯 bravery as a solider but hoped his daughter would marry a ruler. Still, he agrees Popoca may have Izta抯 hand in marriage after defeating Jaguar Claw, ruler of a neighboring land. Jaguar Claw tricks Izta into thinking Popoca is dead and gives her poison. Popoca, finding his beloved in a sleep from which he cannot wake her, does not leave her side, even as the snows begin to fall. Their two snow-covered forms eventually become two volcanoes. This traditional Aztec legend of eternal love is also an origin story for two volcanoes, Iztacc韍uatl and Popocat閜etl, located south of Mexico City. This spirited retelling weaves in original elements and Nuhaatl words棑the language Popoca and Izta would have spoken. An informative author抯 note places this version in the context of many others, and of various forms of art created to honor the two volcanoes. A glossary defining the Nahuatl words is also included. Tonatiuh抯 singular illustrations, inspired by Mixtec codices, provide striking visual accompaniment. Highly Commended, 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award 2017 Cooperative Children抯 Book Center

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