A Spoon for Every Bite by Joe Hayes

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A poor husband and wife ask their rich neighbor to be godfather of their child, and once they are compadres, prey upon his pride and extravagance to trick him out of his fortune.
 

About Joe Hayes

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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. Rebecca Leer has been a freelance editorial illustrator for many years. An illustration from her first book project The Girl Who Listened To Sinks by Justine Rendal (Simon & Schuster, 1993) was included in the 1993 Society of Illustrators show. Rebecca also illustrated Papa Alonzo Leatherby (Simon & Schuster, 1995) and many book jackets for middle grade and young adult readers.
 
Published March 1, 1996 by Orchard Books (NY).
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The landscapes and lore of the desert are captured in this traditional Hispanic fable about a boastful rich man who is outsmarted by his poor neighbors.

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This moral tale around an old joke about tortillas is now available in a bilingual edition.

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the neighbor, realizing his hosts have only three spoons, boasts that he has ""so many spoons in [his] house [he] could use a different one each day of the year."" The wife, unfazed, replies that she has a friend ""who uses a different spoon for every bite he eats."" This galls the rich man, who ...

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