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The Princess and the Warrior : A Tale of Two Volcanoes

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princess-and-the-warriorPrincess Izta was tired of suitors. They all said the same thing: “You are the most beautiful maiden in the land! Marry me, princess, and you will live in my luxurious palace. You won’t have to spend time in the fields ever again.”

She loved spending time with the people growing corn in the milpas! She never had to teach them poetry. It was her choice.

Then Popoca the warrior offered something different: “…I don’t have expensive gifts to offer, but if you marry me, I promise that I will love you for who you are. I will stay by your side no matter what, as long as tonatiuh rises, as long as the cenzontle bird sings.”

Izta fell in love with the lowly soldier.

In order to earn her hand in marriage, the Emperor required Popoca to defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw.

With victory close at hand, a great deceit threatens to separate Izta and Popoca. Will their love endure?

*Definitions and pronunciation of Nahuatl words can be found in the glossary.teachingbooks-book

about the author

duncan tonatiuhDuncan Tonatiuh is both a writer and an illustrator. His father is from America; his great grandfather was from Scotland. Duncan is a Scottish name and it means “dark warrior.”

Duncan’s mother is from Mexico. Tonitiuh is actually Duncan’s middle name and, in Spanish, it is the Aztec God of the Sun. It is pronounced “Tohn-a-t-you.” His full name is Duncan Tonatiuh Smith Hernandez, but he likes to sign his books with just Duncan Tonatiuh.

He was born in Mexico City and was raised in San Miguel de Allende. It was the perfect place for Duncan to grow up, because the city is known for its fine art, architecture, and cultural institutes. Duncan loved drawing and making up stories. He did it all through elementary school and middle school. He moved to the US to attend high school but spent summers back in Mexico. During this time, he started making his own comic books and drawing cartoons of his classmates. He also started painting seriously.

Attending Parsons New School for Design and the Eugene Lang College, Duncan studied writing, illustrations, and photography. In his art, Duncan draws on ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtecs “to create images that honor the past but address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border.” In the ancient style, all his characters are only shown in profile but with a contemporary flair.

Sources:
Author website
Author name pronunciation: Teaching Books
Author interview: Latin Baby Book Club

Also by Duncan Tonatiuh:
Funny Bones : Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2015.
Separate Is Never Equal : Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2014.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote : A Migrant’s Tale. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2013.
Diego Rivera : His World and Ours. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2011.
Dear Primo : A Letter to My Cousin. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2010.teachingbooks-author

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