Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl

Last summer I worked with National Geographic Learning on an educational children's book and it's finally published!  Here are a few images from Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl children's book

Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, these two star-crossed lovers are part of an ancient Aztec myth that describes the origin of 2 volcanoes in what is now present day Mexico.

Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl children's book

What's particularly cool about the timing of publication is that the volcano Popocatépetl has just started erupting again.

Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl children's book

According to the myth, the erupting volcano is the soul of Popocatépetl yelling at the gods and the sky, calling out to his great love Iztaccíhuatl who died in his arms and remains a silent, dormant volcano sleeping by his side.

Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl illustration