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The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss [Paperback]

Sally Schofer Mathews
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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade) (23 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618117458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618117451
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 23 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tells how the Aztecs established an empire in Mexico and what happened when they, led by Montezuma, encountered Cortaes and the Spaniards in the early sixteenth century.

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The most striking aspect of "The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss," is the artwork by Sally Schofer Mathews, which is based on the stylized codex art of the ancient Aztecs. I remember being fascinated by the ancient pictures of the Aztec rituals and Spanish soldiers who marched into Mexico in 1519. Mathews comes up with a book filled with colorful illustrations, dynamic ink and electric-hued watercolor art, that both reflect the ancient tradition and help to tell the story. However, besides enjoying the wonderful artwork, teachers and students alike will certainly learn more about this episode of history than they will find in their history textbook.
"The Sad Night" refers to the terrible battle between the Aztecs and the Spanish when the natives finally fought back against their invaders. Young readers will learn of how the Spanish came to the land of the Aztecs looking for treasure and how Moctezuma II welcomed Hernan Cortes as a god. However, eventually the series of misunderstandings and betrayals led to the one victory of the Aztecs against the Spaniards. In the back of the book Mathews explains more about the Aztecs and Cortes, including an explanation of the day symbols and other signs found on the Aztec Calendar (the giant round one; if you have ever seen it, you will remember it). Although all of the Aztec codex created before 1519 were destroyed by the Spanish conquerors, Mathews creates a dynamic tribute to that style of art and to the Aztec culture that was destroyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super 20 Jun 2013
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will be using in literacy to teach about other countries stories ... it will tie in with the topic that they have been learning about the Aztecs
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the story of the Spanish invasion 8 Dec 2001
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I will say first of all that this is a bloody and somewhat gruesome story in parts. But war is bloody and gruesome. It was appropriate for my six year old boy. This was an interesting story (with fabulous pictures) that even teaches how the picture on the Mexican flag came about. I learned something by reading it and it fueled my son's interest in the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Truely Sad Story 28 Jun 2000
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This historically accurate story of the end of the Aztec Empire in Mexico is well written and engrossing. The history it contains is better suited for oder children, but the format is engaging for younger readers. It's the kind of book that made this adult reader want to learn more about the Aztec and Hernan Cortes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic for many many years 21 Nov 2009
By J. Norman - Published on Amazon.com
This book has been beloved by my kids and nieces/nephews to read each and every year, from age 4 to age 13. I just attended the Aztec exhibit at the British Museum in London, and realized I knew and understood most of the exhibit from reading "The Sad Night". My mom and I were amazed at how historically accurate the story and drawings were to the Aztec iconography, while still being really interesting to look at and read for kids.
This is such a worthwhile book because kids keep coming back to it. It is so well done. Yes, its somewhat bloody in its story of war and conquest, but that's what really happened. I'm going to get it for our school library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sad Night 15 July 2011
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
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Review from a 10 year old Student:

The sad night is a picture book about how the Spanish invaded the Aztec empire. It starts out with the Aztecs looking for a place with an eagle on a cactus with a rattlesnake in its beak to build an empire then it skips ahead to Hernan Cortés's arrival in Mexico. It talks about most of the details from how the Aztecs thought that he was a god to when he came back and conquered them. It also has pictures similar to what the Aztecs would have put in their books or codices. If you are a kid who is interested in the Aztecs or the Spanish then this is definitely a book you want to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC and captivating story telling and illustrations 4 July 2013
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I ordered a series of books on central and south American cultures for my 7th graders to use as quick references on a Latin American Cultures Historical Fiction project. What a fantastic and retelling! The illustrations are intricate and the students listened attentively as I read this aloud in class. Excellent book!
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