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The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico | [Joe Hayes]

The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico

Kids of all ages are always asking Joe Hayes, “How can it snow tortillas?” Well, now they’ll know where to find the answer. Readers of all ages will delight in these magical tales. 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 story....
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Kids of all ages are always asking Joe Hayes, “How can it snow tortillas?” Well, now they’ll know where to find the answer. Readers of all ages will delight in these magical tales. 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 story: a clever thief tricks a king for his kingdom and a prince finds his beloved in a houseful of wicked stepsisters. 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.

©2003 Joe Hayes (P)2006 Joe Hayes

What the Critics Say

"Full of magical twists and turns that are just as entertaining to grownups as to the intended audience: children. Like the word tortilla, these folktales with their colorful characters and magical settings maintain a charm that transcends all language barriers." (San Antonio ExpressNews)

"Each story shows the reader the importance of cunning and smart thinking. Though the characters vary in many ways -there are princes, thieves, ghosts, etc. - they all represent universal forms. The wide range of stories offers something enjoyable for everyone." (Children's Literature)

15 AllTime Favorite Books for Kids (Bloomsbury Review)

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    I grew up in New Mexico, and my Joe Hayes tapes are some if my fondest childhood memories. The man is simply one of the best storytellers alive today (hopefully he's still got a decade or two left in him, but he's getting up there). I'm so happy to be able to see my daughters growing up with these great stories as well. But this program right now. You Wong regret it.

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