The Princess and the Warrior

A Tale of Two Volcanoes

Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines a cherished Mexican legend, Princess Izta and her warrior love, Popoca.

By Duncan Tonatiuh Read by Tim Andrés Pabon Children’s Fiction / Hispanic / History - Other / Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales English, Unabridged 17m Sell Sheet
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1 Audio CDs October 18, 2016 $14.99 $12.99 9781520049502 Add to Cart
							Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. 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. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.

"The text pops with incisive purpose, making every action feel monumental... Equal parts melancholic and transcendent—a genuine triumph." - Kirkus, Starred Review

"The appealing story...and the 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." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Tonatiuh's storytelling grows more assured with each title; this may be his best yet." - The Horn Book, Starred Review

"A skillfully crafted recounting of a somber tale of love and devotion." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Award-winning author/illustrator Tonatiuh successfully retells this ancient tale using...spare but effective text...Use this Aztec legend to inspire readers while teaching a bit about dramatic irony...This is an exceptional production that would be a valuable addition to folktale collections." - School Library Journal, Starred Review