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The Princess and the Warrior

The Princess and the Warrior

Fall 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN: 9781419721304
Hardcover Price: $16.95

Powerful love can linger and be visible for decades and even centuries. In The Princess and the Warrior, Popoca's love for Izta is the basis for the legend of two towering Mexico City volcanoes, Iztaccihuatl and Popocatépetl.

Author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh added his own twists and charm to the plot of this famous story and further enhanced it with his intriguing art. This book subtly invites children of all ages to contrast a marriage proposal that promises kindness, honesty and loyalty with one that offers worldly goods. The sought-after but independent Princess Izta refuses all offers of a luxurious life and accepts Popoca's proposal when he promises to "stay by her side, no matter what." When Izta's father the Emperor insists Popoca prove himself in battle before blessing a wedding, the subsequent adventures were filled with betrayal and sorrow, but overwhelming love. The narrative is interspersed with words from the Nahuatl language and is accompanied with an explanatory glossary for those words. This book has numerous possibilities for family discussions and content explorations.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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