The Aztecs' understanding of time was depicted on the Sun Stone calendar found in 1790 in what is now Mexico City. The Aztec calendar comes to life in 20 exquisite black-and-white brush drawings by Ianna Andreadis and a full-colour painting of the Sun Stone by Felipe Davalos. Each day in the solar month appears in English, Nahuatl and Spanish, and an afterword describes the Aztec calendar systems, putting the text and images into context.
This book is a wonderful introduction to the magic of Aztec cosmology, an engaging resource for children studying Meso-American cultures, and a fascinating gift book for anyone interested in the Aztecs and their interpretations of time.
Ianna Andreadis is a well-known artist who lives in Paris and has been fascinated by the Aztecs for many years.Felipe Davalos has spent most of his career illustrating archeological digs. He is highly regarded for his extraordinary skill in translating stone sculptures into beautiful and accurately observed paintings.Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent books are What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?. Elisa lives in Toronto, Ontario.
...a priceless archaeological find...
The 20 black-and-white brush-stroke paintings...may stand in stark contrast to the elaborate symbols on the stone itself, but that doesn't lessen the visual impact of this interesting little book. With a deft stroke or two, artist Andreadis conjures up the essence of the creature or element she is painting.
...provides an engaging introduction to the Aztec interpretation of time and is of universal appeal.
...a nice presentation of a record from the past.
Offering a fascinating glimpse into another culture and language, this book will lure the reader back for years.
This is a book for meditation and for artists of all kinds and ages.
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