Synopses & Reviews
Pájaro Verde, the dream-like story of an enchanted prince and nine curious sisters, is now available in paperback. Winner of an IPPY award, Pájaro Verde tells of a green bird who proposes marriage to a young girl named Mirabel. She only has two eyes, but her sisters each have a different number of eyes, beginning with the oldest, who has nine, down to the youngest, with just one. Though they mock Mirabel and her mother forbids it, Mirabel’s steadfast vision sees past the bird to a handsome prince, and she marries him! What happens next can only happen in a fairy tale!
Bilingual storyteller Joe Hayes received an AESOP Accolade from the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society for Pájaro Verde.
"The Spanish text is masterfully rendered and is given its own space on each page apart from the English. This is a true classic in the making and belongs on the shelves of every library and bookstore." Críticas, starred review
"With lush romantic paintings that are both realistic and magical, this bilingual retelling of a New Mexican folktale combines many mythical themes of enchantment and transformation
Heroes and monsters, horror and romance: a great read-aloud."Booklist
"Pajaro Verde is an unforgettable picture book story for young readers and would be a welcome addition to any school or community library collection. "Midwest Book Review
"This book, with large full-page illustrations, offers a positive morality lesson on the dangers of envy and greed." —Children's Literature
"Hayes prose is unfailingly smooth and accomplished, both in English and in Spanish, and whether read or told. The illustrations are large, detailed, and imaginative: a sound match for the story." —School Library Journal
"This week I read PAJARO VERDE aloud in three or four sessions. I could have read it all in one long session because my students were pleading for more when I stopped. Their eyes lit up with each new turn of the plot. You should have heard the gasps and silences." —Caroline Yeryomenko, bilingual teacher
"Joe Hayes, one of Americas best storytellers, has done it again. He tells another classical story…with mastery that only a master storyteller can do. Highly recommended for children 10 years and older and Southwestern cultural studies." —Reforma
"This sophisticated tale will appeal to older children and adults alike. It would be an excellent resource in a middle school or high school classroom…But most important, it could be read for the sheer enjoyment of a good story." —Review of Texas Books
"This is a charming, complicated and surprising tale that extols the virtues of faith, hope and persistence…A real gem, this book is a must-have for young readers." —Southwest Book Views
Storyteller Joe Hayes tells another classic tale in Spanish and English from New Mexico's magical 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 Pájaro Verde and Treasure on Gold Street.