Watch Out for Clever Women!

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Pub Date: 07/01/1996

Pages: 80

Trim: 8 x 10

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Imprint: Cinco Puntos Press

ISBN 13: 9780938317203

ISBN 10: 0938317202

Price: $12.95 / $16.99 CAN

Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic

Watch Out for Clever Women!

By Joe Hayes, Vicki Trego Hill

Price: $12.95



About the Book

A bilingual collection of Southwestern folktales with some tricky women teaching people simple lessons. Humor shines through the fabric of these fables, with bad guys finding that the joke is, invariably, on them.—Bookpaper

"Our favorite storyteller, Joe Hayes, goes in for a bit of affirmative action in this collection of his Hispanic folktales. Every one of them features a woman heroine, every one of them is presented in Spanish and English, and every one of them is great fun in the best Joe Hayes style."— New Mexico Magazine

Table of Contents
In the Days of King Adobe / En los días del Rey Adobín (Spanish)
That Will Teach You / Ya aprenderás (Spanish)
The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El día que nevó tortillas (Spanish)
Just Say Baaaa / Di nomás baaaa (Spanish)
Watch Out! / ¡Cuidado! (Spanish)

A Note from Joe Hayes
"Hispanic tales in the Southwest are almost all of European origin, coming first from Spain to Mexico hundreds of years ago, and then north as Spanish colonists settled in what we now call Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California. Readers who are familiar with world folklore will recognize all the tales in this collection. For example, some may know an Ethiopian variant of "That Will Teach You" from Harold Courlander’s Fire On the Mountain. Many will relate "The Day It Snowed Tortillas," which has been something of a signature story for me for over a decade, to a well-known Russian folktale. In both of these other versions, however, the resourceful character is a man rather than a woman. That a woman is the clever one in the Hispanic variants reveals something about the attitude toward women and a great deal about the sense of humor. People the world over tell stories of a humble individual tricking an overbearing person of higher status, but the idea is especially cherished in Hispanic story lore. Making the trickster a woman, who would traditionally be thought of as less powerful than a man, adds spice to the trick.

From The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El dí que nevó tortillas

Here is a story about a woman who was married to a poor woodcutter. The man was good at this work. He could chop down a tree in no ti

About the Book

Folktales with an affirmative action twist: In each a woman uses her wits to overcome adversity.


Joe Hayes: Joe Hayes is the author of over twenty books for children and young adults. His writing style is storytelling-tested and has its roots in the oral traditions of the American Southwest. Each summer, he delights children and adults alike with his summertime storytelling performances at Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum. The rest of the year finds him speaking to thousands of readers around the United States at schools, libraries, and conferences. His book Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2007. Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila, his collection of folktales from Cuba, won the Aesop Prize in 2009. The New Mexico Library Association named Joe the Centennial Storyteller in 2010, a storyteller so good he only comes around once every 100 years!

Antonio Castro L.: Antonio Castro Lopez (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 Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press).
In 2005, the government of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, commissioned Antonio to paint a mural for the government palace. The mural commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Tomochic.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Texas, Mexico City, Spain and Italy.