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Here Comes the Storyteller

Children's Literature
Whether you like to tell stories or just listen to them, you'll want to read this collection of nine tales adapted from traditional cultures of the southwestern United States. Readers will discover Coyote being duped, how the stars appeared in the sky, the power of cooperation, and the importance of a promise. The accompanying photographs capture the teller's expressions and gestures. In gray bars down the left side of the page are Hayes' hints on telling that particular story, and also more general comments on storytelling. This well-known and popular storyteller addresses such issues as telling a story from another culture, and using voice and gesture. These stories call for audience participation in one way or another, and would be fine additions to any storyteller's repertoire.

Children will enjoy reading the stories and viewing Hayes' humorous expressions. Knowledgeable and thoughtful commentary accompany the stories.
New Mexico Magazine
Saucer-eyed children are shown riveted while lanky, bespectacled Hayes-often resembling a befuddled scientist-works through the comical facial contortions and learned body language of a master performer revealing trade secrets at last. Ferocious mouse armies, cowardly dirt monsters and snickering coyotes sporting leaky, water-balloonish cheeks coax youngsters to join in with gusto. Equally absurd human foibles add powerfully to the subtle morals Hayes sneaks into every tale. If you can't catch him in person, this is the next best thing.
- June 9, 1997 
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...unusually accessible, intimate way of introducing children-and adults-to storytelling."
- March 9, 1997 
Yellow Brick Road
A valuable personal and classroom resource.

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