La princesa y el guerrero: Una leyenda de dos volcanes

Abrams. Apr. 2024. 40p. tr. from English by Hercilia Mendizabal ­Frers . Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781419772535. SP.
Gr 1-3–An award-winning retelling of a traditional Aztec legend. La princesa Ixta has been turning away many wealthy suitors, but when she meets Popoca, a guerrero (warrior), who regales her with humble but honest promises of undying love, she knows she is ready to wed. Ixta’s father, hoping to keep the couple apart, sends Popoca off to battle Garra de Jaguar, certain he will be defeated. When Popoca returns from battle, he finds his beloved in a tonic-induced deep sleep, spurred by false news of her beloved’s death. Devastated, Popoca carries Ixta’s body to the top of a mountain and commits to never leaving her side. As the legend goes, their bodies form the volcanoes Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl, which can be seen from Mexico City. Tonatiuh’s codex-inspired illustrations broaden the cultural and historical significance of the tale and are richly colored in deep earthy tones. The Spanish translation flows naturally and seamlessly integrates Náhuatl words throughout. An author's note, glossary, and bibliography conclude the work.
VERDICT An exceptional and must-have addition to Spanish-language collections.

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