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
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: Iztaccihuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatepetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.
About the Author
Duncan Tonatiuh's books have won numerous awards: Diego Rivera won the Pura Belpré Illustration Award; Pancho Rabbit won two Pura Belpré Honor awards, for illustration and narrative; Separate Is Never Equal won the prestigious Sibert Honor Award; and Funny Bones won the Sibert Award. He lives in Mexico.