Juan Verdades by Joe Hayes
The Man Who Couldn't Tell A Lie

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A wealthy rancher is so certain of the honesty of his foreman that he wagers his ranch.

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. 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.
Published November 1, 2001 by Orchard. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 New Mexico.

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When a fellow rancher, don Arturo, boasts that he can make Juan tell a lie, don Ignacio replies, "I'll bet my ranch against yours that you can't make my foreman lie to me."

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