“This sensitive treatment of La Noche Triste, or The Sad Night, the last battle the Aztecs won against the Spaniards, is a highly effective melding of graceful, lucid text and stylized art. Designed to resemble Aztec codices, the illustrations appear in double-page strips above the bordered text. Beginning with the Aztec migration to Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City), the history of this people is traced through their final conquest by Cortés’s forces. . . . This title has the distinction of combining myth with historical fact in a particularly successful manner. An engaging introduction to Mexican history.”—School Library Journal
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This is one of my kids' favorite books we read to them then they read, from ~6 onward . Tells the story of Aztecs/Moctezuma and battle with the Spanish invaders, the founding of Mexico City. Battle violence, but true story. I went to an Aztec exhibit at the British Museum in London, and was amazed how much I already knew from reading this book. Great illustrations throughout book. Just bought 3 more copies - for middle school library and Social Studies teacher (Aztec unit in 6th grade Maryland) and one as excellent, very original gift.