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. Volume XIII Number 15 . . . . March 16, 2007
This little volume was originally published in Mexico in 2005. It is a pictorial procession through the Aztec calendar by way of primativist ink illustrations. The 20 symbols of life here are sometimes concrete, sometimes abstract, from 'rabbit' and 'monkey' to 'water' and 'movement.' The text consists of the name of the object or idea on the page in three languages: English, Spanish and Nahuatl, an Aztecan language still spoken in Mexico.
The last four pages of the book explain the history and significance of the Aztec method of marking time, in English and Spanish, and the origin of the symbols depicted in the body of the work.
The vigorous inkwork of the symbols is by Ianna Andréadis, a Paris artist with an interest in Aztec culture. The painting of a traditional circular Aztec calendar at the end, copied from the original "Sun Stone" discovered in 1790, is done by Felipe Dávalos and bursts with colour and detail.
The whole is an exercise in fine book-making. This is a special book for larger picture book collections, and for teachers introducing Aztec history and art.
Ellen Heaney is Head of Children's Services at the New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, BC.
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