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"Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore."--Publishers Weekly
Don Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He trusts only one man to care for this tree--his ranch foreman Juan Verdades. Don Ignacio is also a proud man and he lets his pride carry him into a dangerous bet He bets a neighboring rancher his ranch that Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. His opponent is determined to win the bet, using guile and the help of his beautiful daughter to trick Juan Verdades into stealing all of the fruit from the prized apple tree. Will Juan Verdades be able to tell the truth about what he has done? The ranch depends on it.
Originally published in 2001, this paperback edition of Joe Hayes' classic story features the bilingual style common to his most popular books. Joe's bilingual Spanish-English tellings and books have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers. He lives in Santa Fe and travels extensively throughout the United States telling his stories.
Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.
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. Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of Western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in numberous national and international publications, including Time and Business Week, and he is the recipient of a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.
"Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Spanish words and phrases dot the characters' dialogue, enhancing the regional flavor. Fiedler's (The Crystal Heart) spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore." —Publishers Weekly
"This is a beautifully done picture book...The story is rich and will provide much for young readers to think about, long after the tale is told."—Children's Literature
"No matter your level in either language, the flow of events and gorgeous paintings hold even a young child’s attention." —Spanglish Baby
"A book that will be enjoyed in both languages by all ages, especially people who like the challenge of clever riddles." —New Mexico Kids!