Juan Verdades: The Man who Could Not Tell a Lie

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Orchard Books, 2001 - Folklore - 32 pages
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In the heat of an argument in the village plaza, two wealthy rancheros bet all they own on the honesty -- or lack thereof -- of a ranch foreman known as Juan Verdades (John Truth). Juan's employer, one of the betting rancheros, doesn't doubt Juan's honesty for a second, but when the other ranchero's beautiful daughter enters the picture, Juan's truthfulness is in rapid danger of failing him.

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JUAN VERDADES: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie

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As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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.

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