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JUAN VERDADES

The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie /
El hombre que no sabía mentir

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Joseph Daniel Fiedler
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Apples, temptation, and a beautiful woman. Can Juan Verdades still be Truthful John by the end?

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-933693-70-3
13-digit ISBN9781933693705
FormatPaperback
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Page Count32
Product Dimensions9.25" x 10" x .13'
Publication DateDecember 15, 2010
A wealthy landowner bets the farm that trusted employee Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. The daughter of the man who stands to win the bet tricks Juan into making a foolish mistake. Juan wonders if he can admit it.

“Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.” —Publishers Weekly

Don Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He trusts only one man to care for this tree—his ranch foreman Juan Verdades. Don Ignacio is also a proud man and he lets his pride carry him into a dangerous bet! He bets a neighboring rancher his ranch that Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. His opponent is determined to win the bet, using guile and the help of his beautiful daughter to trick Juan Verdades into stealing all of the fruit from the prized apple tree. Will Juan Verdades be able to tell the truth about what he has done? The ranch depends on it.

Watch Joe Hayes tell Juan Verdades – The Man Who Couldn’t Tell a Lie in this free, online video, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection.



Originally published in 2001, this paperback edition of Joe Hayes’ classic story features the bilingual style common to his most popular books. Joe’s bilingual Spanish-English tellings and books have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. He lives in Santa Fe and travels extensively throughout the United States telling his stories.

Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.
Publishers Weekly
Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Spanish words and phrases dot the characters' dialogue, enhancing the regional flavor. Fiedler's (The Crystal Heart) spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.
Children's Literature
This is a beautifully done picture book...The story is rich and will provide much for young readers to think about, long after the tale is told.
Spanglish Baby
No matter your level in either language, the flow of events and gorgeous paintings hold even a young child’s attention.
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New Mexico Kids!
A book that will be enjoyed in both languages by all ages, especially people who like the challenge of clever riddles.
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