Synopses & Reviews
Kids of all ages are always asking Joe Hayes, "How can it snow tortillas?" Well, now theyandrsquo;ll know where to find the answerandmdash;at long last, Joeandrsquo;s signature book The Day It Snowed Tortillas is appearing in this new bilingual edition. Bloomsbury Review listed the original English-only edition as one of their fifteen all-time favorite childrenandrsquo;s books. Our bilingual edition has all the original stories as they have evolved in the last twenty years of Joeandrsquo;s storytelling. It also has new illustrations by award-winning artist Antonio Castro. Storytellers have been telling these stories in the villages of New Mexico since the Spanish first came to the New World over four hundred years ago, but Joe always adds his own nuances for modern audiences. The tales are full of magic and fun. In the title story, for instance, a very clever woman saves her silly husband from a band of robbers. She makes the old man believe it snowed tortillas during the night! In another story, a young boy gladly gives up all of his wages for good advice. His parents think he is a fool, but the good advice leads to wealth and a royal marriage. The enchantment continues in story after storyandmdash;a clever thief tricks a king for his kingdom and a prince finds his beloved in a house full of wicked step-sisters. And of course, we listen again to the ancient tale of the weeping woman, La Llorona, who still searches for her drowned children along the riverbanks.
Joe Hayes is one of Americaandrsquo;s premier storytellers. He is especially recognized for his bilingual telling of stories from the Hispanic culture of northern New Mexico. Joe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and travels extensively throughout the United States, visiting schools and storytelling festivals.
"The stories are well told, rhythmic, and spellbinding, both in English and in the colloquial Spanish. Hayes is a fine translator, and these stories are a testament to his expert execution of this exacting artandhellip;An excellent purchase for storytelling librarians or for schools with storytelling clubs." andmdash;School Library Journal
"The Day it Snowed Tortillas was originally published in English in the 1980s and has sold almost 40,000 copies. Now available in a bilingual edition with new artwork by Antonio L. Castro, this collection's title story tells the tale of a poor woodcutter and his very clever wife." andmdash;Crand#237;ticas
"The wide range of stories offers something enjoyable for everyone. The book also exposes readers to both Spanish and English through its integration of the two languages in the text. Overall, the book is enjoyable and fun." andmdash;Children's Literature
"Like the word tortilla, these folktales with their colorful characters and magical settings maintain a charm that transcends all language barriersandhellip;These stories deserve more retellings." andmdash;San Antonio Express-News
"The stories are well constructed, lean and full of twists and turnsandhellip;Well worth the price. You may even want two copies of this gem." andmdash; El Paso ISD Library Review
"This brand-new bilingual edition of his signature book distills twenty years of Joe Hayesand#8217; inimitable storytelling. There are great read-aloud stories here, including the beloved 'The Little Ant.' " andmdash;Yellow Brick Road
At long last, The Day It Snowed TortillasJoe Hayes signature bookis appearing in a new bilingual edition. Originally published in 1982, Bloomsbury Review listed it as one of their 15 all-time favorite children s books. With 40,000 copies in print, the book has become a mainstay on the shelves of libraries and bookstores throughout the American Southwest.
A Joe Hayes' classic, revealing the wit and wisdom of Hispanic New Mexico folklore.
About the Author
Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller. Antonio Castro L. was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of childrens' books including Pand#225;jaro Verde and Treasure on Gold Street. Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller.