Montezuma and the Fall of the Aztecs by Eric A. Kimmel

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Traces the life of the last emperor to rule the Aztec empire in Central America before it was conquered by the Spaniards.

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. Daniel San Souci was born in San Franciscoin 1948, and grew up across the Bay in Berkeley, California. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. In 1978, Daniel illustrated his first book, The Legend of Scarface, A Blackfeet Indian Tale, which his brother Robert retold. San Souci is especially highly regarded for his detailed portraits of wildlife. He teaches graduate students at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he is also a member of the Advisory Board. San Souci has won numerous awards, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book for The Legend of Scarface, NSTA-CBC and American Bookseller awards for North Country Night, which he also wrote, and many others. Over his twenty-year career as an author and illustrator, he has published nearly fifty childrenżs books, including thirteen with his brother, Robert.
Published March 1, 2000 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Kimmel's (The Two Mountains, reviewed above) ambitious yet problematic recounting of the Aztec nation's demise opens with a description of Montezuma II and the 16th-century empire over which he ruled in what is now central and southern Mexico.

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