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Juan Verdades

Spanglish Baby

In this beautifully illustrated book, a ranchero (Don Ignacio) makes a bet that his capataz – ranch hand – is incapable of telling a lie, which is why he trusts him with his valuable apple tree. A skeptical friend, Don Arturo, tries desperately to cause the capataz, whom they call Juan Verdades, to stray from the truth so that he can win Don Ignacio’s ranch. Complications arise when Don Arturo’s daughter and Juan Verdades fall in love. In the end, the story comes full circle: la verdad reigns and no one loses.
Originally a Spanish tale from the early 20th century, Juan Verdades is retold by Joe Hayes in a way that is easier to follow than traditional folktales. Like other bilingual books, this one has the full English and Spanish prose on each page, making it simple to understand, 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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