Tell Me a Cuento / Cuentame un Story: 4 Stories in English & Spanish

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Joe's irresistible characters jump to life in Geronimo Garcia's vibrant and colurful illustrations.

This book is a bilingual Easy Reader from one of America's favorite storytellers, Joe Hayes. These stories are fun to read and listen to! The language in them is repetitive, which is great for children learning to read and acquire vocabulary in their first language, and even better for children trying to read and acquire vocabulary in a second language. The ...

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Overview

Joe's irresistible characters jump to life in Geronimo Garcia's vibrant and colurful illustrations.

This book is a bilingual Easy Reader from one of America's favorite storytellers, Joe Hayes. These stories are fun to read and listen to! The language in them is repetitive, which is great for children learning to read and acquire vocabulary in their first language, and even better for children trying to read and acquire vocabulary in a second language. The illustrations are playful and alive with color.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Accomplished and well-known storyteller Hayes offers four tales in both English and Spanish. The first, "Mariposa," is the tale of a beautiful butterfly seeking a husband. When she meets him and marries, tragedy suddenly befalls the newlyweds, but through the kindness of her friends, mariposa loses herself in the beauty of the flowers. It is a bit of a pourquoi story, and also close to "La cucaracha," a story popular in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh!" is another familiar tale in which the poor but good woman is rewarded and the rich and selfish one gets her due. "No Way, Jose!" is amusing, while the "Terrible Tragadabas" contains a touch of mystery but is not really too scary for young kids. It is a delighful collection and a fine addition for those seeking bilingual books.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Both the English and the Spanish versions of these often-told stories are written in the spare language of storytelling, a style poorly suited to the picture-book format. All four have been previously published as individual books (Trails West) and higher-quality versions of two of them, "Mariposa, Mariposa" and "No Way, Jose!," appear in Judy Sierra's The Flannel Board Storytelling Book (Wilson, 1987) and in Lucia Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre's picture book, The Bossy Gallito/El gallo de bodas (Scholastic, 1994). Superior variations of "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh!" and "The Terrible Tragadabas" include Robert D. San Souci's retelling of the African-American tale The Talking Eggs (Dial, 1989) and Sierra's "The Goat in the Turnip Field." Some of the more masterful presentations are also bilingual, such as Judy Sierra's Multicultural Folktales (Oryx, 1991). With no source notes and with unremarkable cartoon art, these retellings will be of little interest to librarians, storytellers, or children. -Denise E. Agosto, formerly at Midland County Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938317432
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual: English/Spanish
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,403,012
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet 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.
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