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The Day it Snowed Tortillas / l dia que nevaron tortillas

The Day it Snowed Tortillas / l dia que nevaron tortillas
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Price: $12.95
Product ID : cpp-0-938317-76-8



Kids of all ages are always asking Joe Hayes, "How can it snow tortillas?"
Well, now they'll know where to find the answer.

Readers of all ages will delight in these magical tales. In the title story, for instance, a very clever woman saves her silly husband from a band of robbers. She makes the old man believe it snowed tortillas during the night! In another story, a young boy gladly gives up all of his wages for good advice. His parents think he is a fool, but the good advice leads to wealth and a royal marriage. The enchantment continues in story after story: a clever thief tricks a king for his kingdom and a prince finds his beloved in a houseful of wicked stepsisters. And of course, we listen again to the ancient tale of the weeping woman, La Llorona, who still searches for her drowned children along the riverbanks.

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
translated by Joe Hayes

Language: Bilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available In Tape, CD upon special request (email us!)
Page Count: 134

Stories included in The Day It Snowed Tortillas:
# The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El dia que nevaron tortillas
# Pedro and Diablo / Pedro y el Diablo
# Good Advice / Buenos Consejos
# The Cricket / El Grillo
# The Little Ant / La Hormiguita
# The Best Thief / El Mejor Ladrón
# Little Gold Star / Estrellita de Oro
# La Llorona / The Weeping Woman
# Juan Camisón
# Note to Readers and Storytellers

Want to know a little more about these stories, their plots and their origins?
Check out the note by Joe Hayes to readers and storytellers. It's located at the back of the book and also in our Free Downloads section of our website under notes from the author.

School Library Journal
A master storyteller sets down 10 tales told in New Mexico. In the title story, a clever wife diverts some thieves who are after her dim-witted husband, thus assuring the couples prosperity. In a cumulative tale, a little ant escapes being stuck forever in the cold under a large snowflake by enlisting help from tiny cousin flea. The stories are well told, rhythmic, and spellbinding, both in English and in the colloquial Spanish. Hayes is a fine translator, and these stories are a testament to his expert execution of this exacting art. The format indicates that the book is designed more for the storyteller than for the reader. A paragraph of English text alternates with the same paragraph in Spanish. This makes for choppy reading, but is a natural and helpful division if the tale is being memorized. Each story begins with a full-page pencil drawing. Photographic in detail, Castro L.s art extends the stories a bit. Notes to the stories give history as well as the Arne-Thompson numbers for the tale type. Similar in content to Carmen Diana Deardens Little Book of Latin American Folktales (Groundwood, 2003), Hayes' work is the better told of the two. It could be used alongside Mary-Joan Gersons excellent Fiesta Femenina (Barefoot, 2001) for a storytime that points out similarities and differences in Mexican and New Mexican folktales. An excellent purchase for storytelling librarians or for schools with storytelling clubs.

Bloomsbury Review listed the original The Day It Snowed Tortillas as one of their 15 all-time favorite children's books.