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Here is the story of a princess and her many wealthy and powerful suitors. Izta forsakes them all because she loves the brave warrior Popoca who has offered to stay by her side forever. This creation myth from Mexico explains how the beautiful and majestic volcanos that stand over Mexico City came into existence. A legendary story told by a legendary voice in literature. Ages 4 and up.— Brein
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.