Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns

A Mesoamerican Creation Myth


In the spirit of his celebrated book Princess and the Warrior, award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings a creation myth to life

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Duncan Tonatiuh


In the spirit of Tonatiuh’s celebrated book The Princess and the Warrior, this preColumbian creation myth tells the story of Quetzalcoatl, or the Feathered Serpent, one of the most important deities in ancient Mesoamerica, and his quest to create humankind. The gods tried to make humans during each sun, or age, but each time they failed. When they grew tired, only one did not give up: the Feathered Serpent. Determined, the Feathered Serpent embarks on a dangerous journey full of fearsome foes and harsh elements, facing each trial with wisdom, bravery, and resourcefulness before confronting his final challenge at Mictlan, the underworld. With his instantly recognizable, acclaimed art style and grand storytelling, Tonatiuh recounts a dazzling creation tale of epic proportions. Includes an author’s note, glossary, and bibliography.

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Weight 486 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 29 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 September 2020
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.6 x 29 cm
Weight 486 g


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Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. His books, including Diego Rivera, Dear Primo, and Separate Is Never Equal, have received many awards over the years. He currently lives in San Miguel with his wife and children but travels to the US often.