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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0938317768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938317760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 art…An excellent purchase for storytelling librarians or for schools with storytelling clubs." —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." —Críticas

"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." —Children's Literature

"Like the word tortilla, these folktales with their colorful characters and magical settings maintain a charm that transcends all language barriers…These stories deserve more retellings." —San Antonio Express-News

"The stories are well constructed, lean and full of twists and turns…Well worth the price. You may even want two copies of this gem." — El Paso ISD Library Review

"This brand-new bilingual edition of his signature book distills twenty years of Joe Hayes’ inimitable storytelling. There are great read-aloud stories here, including the beloved 'The Little Ant.' " —Yellow Brick Road

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. 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.

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Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers--a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers. His books, CDs and tapes of Southwestern stories are popular nationwide. Born in Pennsylvania, Joe Hayes moved as a child to a small town in southern Arizona, some fifty miles from the Mexican border. From Mexican-American friends and schoolmates he began to acquire a knowledge of Spanish and an appreciation for Hispanic culture. As an adult, his experience with Spanish helped him find work doing mineral exploration in Mexico and Spain. When Joe moved to New Mexico in 1976, he first taught high school English, but his interest in the rich folklore of the region was already growing. He enjoyed sharing stories with his own children so much that he decided to shape a career for himself as a storyteller. Joe gathered traditional stories of the Southwest, added a little of his own spice and hit the road, traveling all over to share his stories. He has captured the imagination of children in schools all over the United States. In 2005, Joe received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network, an award given to members of the storytelling community who have made considerable and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. Joe has taught storytelling to teachers at the University of New Mexico and been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, delivering the commencement address for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at U.C.L.A. He was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, and in 1995 he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence. Joe began sharing his stories in print in 1982. His books have received many awards including the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children's Book Awards, and an Aesop Accolade Award. Joe's books have also been on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List three times, and Ghost Fever--selected by Texas school children--won the Texas Bluebonnet Award for 2006-2007, the first bilingual book to achieve that distinction.

Customer Reviews

The stories are highly entertaining.
Hestialady
They are clever and well-written, moving along at a good pace and keeping you interested in what's going to happen next.
playswithtoys
I purchased this book to help me learn spanish.
Cheryl Adams

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeacherMomWashington on December 28, 2011
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I am a third grade teacher and purchased this book as a read aloud for my class. The first story, The Day It Snowed Tortillas, is engaging for the kids. Other stories contained some content that I was uncomfortable reading to the students. Some stories included drunk characters, or "stupid" charachters that were taken advantage of. It is probably more appropriate for a bit older students.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Rodriguez on November 10, 2010
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I teach a dual language class and my students LOVE for me to choose a story and read it to them. Many of the stores have lessons within them. I highly recommend it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By V. Brader on March 12, 2004
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The only way these stories could be better is if Hayes could tell them to you personally. All children, but especially those from the American southwest, will appreciate having a collection of these oft-told tales. Get ready to laugh about the day it snowed tortillas and get shivers when the wind's moans down by the ditch sound like those of a woman.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alan Bruce Mccornack on April 1, 2007
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My friend was delighted with this gift, and tells me it is the most entertaining way to learn Spanish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie on March 7, 2013
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This book is one of a limited number of dual language stories that I've found. My friend in Guatemala helps me with Spanish, and I help him with English. It works for us to have materials that are set up this way. We prefer dialogue, but conversational books in both languages are even harder to find. "The Day It Snowed Tortillas" has simple folktales that are not too difficult for us as intermediate level learners. While the stories are simple, they are not too childish. If you are trying to learn English or Spanish on your own, then having the translation right on the adjacent page makes understanding easy. However, the book is intended for a "Middle Reader" or "Young Adult," and is not meant as a beginning reader. It's a very good resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Adams on April 9, 2010
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I purchased this book to help me learn spanish. And I really believe it's working. My spanish is very basic, however as I read through this book I'm less and less reliant on the translation or at least correct in my interpretation. This is a book of clever/cute short spanish tales. Side by Side in English and in Spanish. How the story would be told in Spanish and how the story would be told in English. I recommend it to anyone trying to use reading to learn a language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ob on September 22, 2013
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I have always been a fan of these kind of books so I don't have anything to say but that it's very interesting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By playswithtoys on April 24, 2013
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I haven't made it through the Spanish translations yet, only the English, but I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. They are clever and well-written, moving along at a good pace and keeping you interested in what's going to happen next. I especially enjoyed the story of the book's title, "The Day it Snowed Tortillas."
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