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Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Mauricio Trenard Sayago
This will be re-printed soon.

Skipping Stones Honor Book
Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2009
Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award
Américas Book Award Honor Book
Críticas' Children’s Best Books of 2008
Tejas Star List

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-933693-61-4
13-digit ISBN9781933693613
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count128
Product Dimensions9" x 10.9" x 0.38
Publication DateApril 1, 2010
RightsAll Rights Available
These folk stories teach the deep-hearted wisdom of the Cuban people.

Like a warm sea breeze, these tales will sweep your imagination away to the tropical island of Cuba. There you’ll meet a stingy old lady who owns the only fire in the world. She’s just skin and bones, but she can dance for three days and nights without stopping. She’ll give you a bit of her fire if your music is good enough to keep her high-stepping that long.

And—as if one wild dance weren’t enough—at another fiesta you’ll hear the animals playing such good tunes that you’ll be dying to get in—because you can’t enter if your head’s still attached to your shoulders!

You’ll also find yams that talk and a rose bush that sings a beautiful song—and an old devil man who leaves hairy footprints wherever he goes.

Like the green island of Cuba, these thirteen tales are full of warmth, laughter, magic and wisdom. Have fun reading and re-telling them yourself. Then you’ll be participating in the wonderful spirit of Cuban storytelling.

Learn more about the process of creating this book and Joe Hayes' trips to Cuba here on our blog. Joe made many trips to Cuba and spent time Holguín, Cuba which is a sister city of his hometown, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dance, Nana, Dance includes the following 13 folktales as well as a note from Joe Hayes:
  • Yams Don’t Talk / Los ñames no hablan

  • The Fig Tree / La mata de higo

  • The Gift / El regalo

  • Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila

  • The Lazy Old Crows / Los viejos cuervos perezosos

  • Pedro Malito / Pedro Malito

  • Born To Be Poor / El que nace para pobre

  • Young Heron’s New Clothes / La ropa nueva del joven garza

  • We Sing Like This / Nosotras cantamos así

  • Buy Me Some Salt / Cómprame sal

  • The Hairy Old Devil Man / El diablo peludo

  • Compay Monkey and Comay Turtle / Compay Mono y Comay Jicotea

  • You Can’t Dance / No baila

  • Notes to Readers and Storytellers

Watch Joe Hayes tell Dance, Nana, Dance in this free, online video, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection.

Joe Hayes is one of America’s premier storytellers. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. Joe has published over twenty books. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travels extensively throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Mauricio Trenard Sayago was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1963. He was raised in a home that was closely linked with art and was surrounded by the artistic debates sustained by the various artists and art history professors in his family. This environment strongly influenced him. Mauricio came to the United States in 2000, and now lives in Brooklyn.

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