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|Princess and the warrior : a tale of two volcanoes|
Author: Tonatiuh, Duncan
Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 183706
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 69275
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/16)
School Library Journal (12/01/16)
Booklist (+) (09/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/16)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2016 *Starred Review* Sibert-winning Tonatiuh (Funny Bones, 2015) brings to his books a richness in text and illustration, and this retelling of a Mexican legend is no exception. Two great volcanoes, Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl, stand outside of today’s Mexico City and have been the inspiration for many folktales and origin stories. Using stylized images (based on several ancient Mixtec codices), Tonatiuh reminds us of the highly developed cultures that came up with these stories. This particular myth centers on a great love, a great warrior, and a great deceit. A beautiful princess falls in love with a soldier, Popoca, to her father’s dismay. The emperor tells Popoca that if he defeats the village’s greatest enemy, he can marry the princess. Popoca is on the brink of success, when treachery and miscommunication leads to tragedy. A glossary of the many Nahuatl words used in the text (some of which have become part of spoken Spanish today) is included, and the illustrations are compelling and dramatic in the contrast of lights and darks. Tonatiuh’s characteristic round heads and figures in profile add a classic element (be sure to look under the book jacket for two powerful images). The appealing story, compelling illustrations, and celebration of the Aztec culture make this a sure thing for those looking for a story, while an extensive author’s note goes a step beyond, adding to the impact of the tale with a great deal of historical and cultural information. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Courted by many gift-bearing suitors, the beautiful poet princess Izta chooses the poor but honest warrior Popoca. His only gift to her is the promise to love her forever. Izta's father agrees to the match under one condition, that Popoca challenge a rival ruler. Battles, bravery, and betrayal follow in this intimate Aztec origin tale of two volcanoes in present-day Mexico. The bold colors and dynamic fight scenes, inspired by motifs from the Mixtec codices, complement this accessible epic story of loyalty. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.