Based on a folk tale about two volcanoes located southeast of Mexico City, The Princess and the Warrior tells the story of Iztaccíhuatl (the sleeping woman) and Poposcatéptl (the smoky mountain). In Tonatiuh’s interpretation, the illustrations are reminiscent of images from the Mixtec codices, much like his other books. An Author’s note, Glossary, and Bibliography provide additional information about the story. The Princess and the Warrior is an excellent addition to the libraries of folk- and fairy-tale lovers.
~ Eight Cousins— From Holiday Picks 2016
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"Using his trademark digital collage style, the author crafts brutally stunning scenes full of sharp angles using a palette of earthy, evocative colors. The text pops with incisive purpose, making every action feel monumental... Equal parts melancholic and transcendent—a genuine triumph."
"The appealing story, the powerful illustrations, 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."
"Tonatiuh’s storytelling grows more assured with each title; this may be his best yet."
— The Horn Book
"A skillfully crafted recounting of a somber tale of love and devotion."
— Publishers Weekly
"Award-winning author/illustrator Tonatiuh successfully retells this ancient tale using his distinctive and artistic illustrations with spare but effective text... Use this Aztec legend to inspire readers while teaching a bit about dramatic irony; a first purchase for all folklore collections."
— School Library Journal
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books