The day it snowed tortillas = El dia que nevaron tortillas
The day it snowed tortillas = El dia que nevaron tortillas

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Annotation: A collection of classic tales from New Mexico, including "Pedro and Diablo," "La Hormiguita," "La Llorona," and "Juan Camison," in both Spanish and English.
Catalog Number: #69383
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2003
Illustrator: Castro Lopez, Antonio,
Pages: 133 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-938317-76-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-28651-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-938317-76-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-28651-1
Dewey: 398
LCCN: 2003004426
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
Horn Book
This bilingual edition of Hayes's classic collection of folktales from New Mexico is a gift to librarians and storytellers. The only downside is that the format of alternating Spanish and English paragraphs in the text is a bit disconcerting. Facing pages, with English on one side and Spanish on the other, would have been better. Source notes on all the tales are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-A master storyteller sets down 10 tales told in New Mexico. In the title story, a clever wife diverts some thieves who are after her dim-witted husband, thus assuring the couple's prosperity. In a cumulative tale, a little ant escapes being stuck forever in the cold under a large snowflake by enlisting help from tiny cousin flea. 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. The format indicates that the book is designed more for the storyteller than for the reader. A paragraph of English text alternates with the same paragraph in Spanish. This makes for choppy reading, but is a natural and helpful division if the tale is being memorized. Each story begins with a full-page pencil drawing. Photographic in detail, Castro L.'s art extends the stories a bit. Notes to the stories give history as well as the Arne-Thompson numbers for the tale type. Similar in content to Carmen Diana Dearden's Little Book of Latin American Folktales (Groundwood, 2003), Hayes's work is the better told of the two. It could be used alongside Mary-Joan Gerson's excellent Fiesta Femenina (Barefoot, 2001) for a storytime that points out similarities and differences in Mexican and New Mexican folktales. An excellent purchase for storytelling librarians or for schools with storytelling clubs. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Horn Book (4/1/04)
School Library Journal
Word Count: 14,038
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 83690SP / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q02875
Lexile: 690L
Guided Reading Level: T

Kids of all ages are always asking Joe Hayes, "How can it snow tortillas?" Well, now they'll know where to find the answer--at long last, Joe'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 children's books. Our bilingual edition has all the original stories as they have evolved in the last twenty years of Joe'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 story--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. El Bloomsbury Review nombró la edición original de este libro entre sus 15 libros favoritos de todos los tiempos. Cuentistas han contado estas historias en los pueblos de Nuevo Mexico desde que los españoles vinieron al Nuevo Mundo, hace más de cuatrocientos años, pero Joe siempre añade sus propias matices para audiencias modernas. Los cuentos están llenos de magia y diversión. En la historia titular, por ejemplo, una mujer muy astuta salva a su esposo de un grupo de ladrones. Hace que el viejito crea que nevó tortillas durante la noche! En otra historia, un joven da todo su sueldo, con gusto, por buen consejo. Sus padres creen que es una locura, pero el buen consejo lo lleva a riquezas y un matrimonio real. El encantamiento continua de historia en historia--un ladrón inteligente estafa a un rey por su reino, y un príncipe encuentra su amada en una casa llena de hermanastras malvadas. Y claro, escuchamos el viejo cuento de La Llorona, quien todavía busca por la orilla de ríos para encontrar a sus hijos ahogados. Joe Hayes is one of America'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. Joe Hayes es un cuentista preeminente en los Estados Unidos. Es especialmente reconocido por sus relatos bilingües de historias de la cultura Hispana del norte de Nuevo Mexico. Joe vive en Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, y viaja extensamente, visitando escuelas y festivales de cuentistas.

The day it snowed tortillas
Pedro and Diablo
Good advice
The cricket
The little ant
The best thief
Little gold star
La llorona
Juan Camison
The prince.

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