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Children's Nonfiction Date & Time

Sun Stone Days / Tonaltin / Dias de Piedra

by (author) Ianna Andreadis

illustrated by Felipe Davalos

translated by Elisa Amado

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Date & Time, Mexico, General
Recommended Age
0 to 18
Recommended Grade
p to 12
Recommended Reading age
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price

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Out of print

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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.

About the authors

Ianna Andreadis is a well-known artist who lives in Paris and has been fascinated by the Aztecs for many years.

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

...a priceless archaeological find...

Multicultural Review

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.

Globe and Mail

...provides an engaging introduction to the Aztec interpretation of time and is of universal appeal.

Paper Tigers

...a nice presentation of a record from the past.

Resource Links

Offering a fascinating glimpse into another culture and language, this book will lure the reader back for years.

Today's Parent

This is a book for meditation and for artists of all kinds and ages.


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