Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh - ESSENTIAL

Tonatiuh, Duncan The Princess and the Warrior, PICTURE BOOK. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. $16.95. Content: G.  

Izta is the daughter of the emperor.  Although she has many suitors, she does not wish for a life of ease and wealth.  She loves a warrior named Popoca. Her father agrees to let them marry if Popoca will defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw.  When their enemy turns the tables on Popoca, all may be lost.  

This retelling of the legend of the two volcanoes of Mexico City is simply, yet beautifully told through both text and pictures.  A great legend to use as an introduction to a folklore or multicultural unit.  I loved that Tonatiuh used Natuatl words (the language Izta and Popoca would have spoken) rather than Spanish.  Includes a glossary, author’s note and a bibliography.  

EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian

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