In his introduction to Coyote &, Joe Hayes says, “Many American Indian stories are sacred. They are part of the religion of the people who tell them, and so belong to just one tribe or sometimes just a part of the tribe. Sometimes Coyote plays a role in these religious stories. But the coyote stories in this collection are different. They are told for entertainment. They are especially loved by children, who delight in Coyote’s foolish antics.”
"Could've been beter..."
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....
"Joe Hayes is the best of the best."
Do you know what a tall tale is? Well if you don't, you better catch these clever stories. Some of these tales are even taller than Joe Hayes! Did you ever hear of a dog that knows how to play checkers? (He’s really not that smart: he loses more times than he wins.)
These are magical and mysterious tales about a world in which all things are living creatures. There’s a story about the Evil Giant with a heart made of thorns and cactus needles. And another story tells about the Girl who married the Rainbow!
Joe Hayes brings to life ten more cuentos from the rich tradition of northern New Mexico (check out The Day It Snowed Tortillas to find some more). You’ll hear about Gato Pinto, the spotted cat who was a boy’s guardian angel; about the man who couldn’t stop dancing; about the coyote under the table; and many more mysterious events.
"Great bedtime stories for the kiddos"
Joe Hayes tells stories from Byrd Baylor's marvelous collection of stories told by Arizona Indian children.
For years, every time the winter solstice rolled around, kids would start asking Joe to tell stories about the holiday season. So he put together these stories especially for children. It includes seven tales, each from a different cultural tradition or country.
Stories at the Tipi contains nine of Joe Hayes’ greatest stories including: "Rain"; "The Gum Chewing Rattler"; "¡Válgame Dios!"; "One Day, One Night"; "Sky Pushing Poles"; "Promises"; "Yellow Corn Girl"; "The Earth Monster", "Yellow Behind the Ears"; and "The Cricket".
Told in both Spanish and English, the stories in this collection celebrate the strength of women as found in the Hispanic folklore of northern New Mexico. This includes Joe’s most famous story, ”The Day It Snowed Tortillas.”
Joe Hayes, the acclaimed storyteller of the southwest, tells you six more exciting folktales! These earth friendly tales include classic stories: "That's Not Fair", "Eat With Your Eyes", "Coyote", "Take Care of Your House", "A Spoon For Every Bite", "Homes for the People", and "Recycled Hambone".