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Folktales told in Spanish and English

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Vicki Trego Hill
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A new edition of a folktale classic, now with five more stories about wonderfully clever women!

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-947627-01-5
13-digit ISBN978-1-947627-01-7
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available In
Publication DateNovember 29, 2018
RightsAll Rights Available
A bilingual collection of humorous trickster tales, in which women pit their formidable intelligence to outwit villains, husbands, brothers, fathers, and sweethearts. From the kind woman who tricked two men who thought they had robbed her of a ham to the woman who saved her gold by tricking her foolish husband into thinking it had snowed tortillas, these tales cultivate lessons of honesty, goodness, hospitality, and honor—not to mention intelligence and wit to survive. As Joe Hayes points out, “People the world over tell stories of a humble individual tricking an overbearing person of higher status, but the idea is especially cherished in Hispanic storylore. Making the trickster a woman, who would traditionally be thought of as less powerful than a man, adds spice to the trick.”

Joe Hayes is a nationally recognized author and storyteller. His Cinco Puntos Collection has sold well over 1,000,000 copies. Joe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travels extensively throughout the United States, visiting schools and storytelling festivals.

Vicki Trego Hill is the illustrator for the classic, best-selling ghost story La Llorona, the Weeping Woman by Joe Hayes. She has been a principal book designer for Cinco Puntos Press since its inception in 1985.
Wall Street Journal
[The book] brings together 10 stories of wit, daring and just deserts by Joe Hayes. Each starts with a realistic pencil drawing by Vicki Trego Hill and a paragraph in both English and Spanish, then breaks for easier reading into English text on the left pages and Spanish on the right.
- Meghan Cox Gurdon, January 3, 2019  Visit Website
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Kirkus Reviews
“At once a fun language lesson and a feminist story collection, this serves as a good introduction to folklore that celebrates the poor in the face of hardship.”
- February 17, 2019 
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The Horn Book
American Southwest storyteller Hayes retells ten folktales, five new and five from the 1994 original edition, with straightforward, often funny text in both English and Spanish. In these tales, women's cunning saves the day from people with unsavory intentions (would-be thieves) or unfortunate habits (husbands who can't keep a secret).
- July 1, 2019 
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