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Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Stunning art, epic adventure of gods' quest to make humans.

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This captivating tale about a hero's quest to bring forth humanity has all the elements of an epic myth. There's a clever hero pure of heart, impossible obstacles to overcome, and an adversary who nearly ruins it all. And with Tonatiuh's stunning, Aztec-inspired, hand-drawn and digitally collaged pictures, Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns will be loved by young and older readers alike.

Though there's certainly expert storytelling at play, it is the art that really shines here. True to what's seen in ancient Aztec ruins, the pictures have the familiar clean symmetry and characters in profile, and author-illustrator DuncanTonatiuh's characters and landscapes really come alive in this retelling. Each spread reflects the mood of the text with warm, inviting colors on the pages of attempted creation, and starker, cooler colors dominating as Quetzalcóatl approaches the underworld. The art is immersive and a delight to revisit. The clarity and economy of the text commands appreciation, and along with the wonderful illustrations, makes Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns an instant classic.

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