A Spoon for Every Bite / Cada Bocado Con Nueva Cuchara (Paperback)

A Spoon for Every Bite / Cada Bocado Con Nueva Cuchara By Joe Hayes, Rebecca Leer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joe Hayes, Rebecca Leer (Illustrator)
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"An entertaining marriage of pictures and words."--Kirkus Reviews

In 1996, master storyteller Joe Hayes and illustrator Rebecca Leer created A Spoon for Every Bite. It became an instant classic. In this lovely New Mexico folktale, a rich man tries to prove his wealth to his poor neighbors by using a new spoon for every bite. In the process, he's served a pretty dish of come-uppance. A Spoon for Every Bite is available for the first time in the bilingual format for which Hayes is famous.

Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers--a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers.

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. 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.

Praise For…

"New Mexican storyteller Hayes builds an involving moral tale around an old Hispanic joke about tortillas…Rendered in warm, earthy pastels, Leer's illustrations are a potent blend of rusticity and droll melodrama." —Publisher's Weekly

"This Southwestern tale is based on a play on words that most children raised (even peripherally) in the Hispanic tradition understand: a rolled tortilla can be used as both bread and eating utensil. This slight story's humor depends on a character who makes a fool of himself because he doesn't have this knowledge." —School Library Journal

"An entertaining marriage of pictures and words."—Kirkus Reviews

"This story is a variation on several Hispanic traditions that feature poor but clever men (here, the husband inherits all the old spoons and sells them) and a rich but silly adversary…The attractive paintings do a nice job of re-creating the Old Southwest, featuring desert colors and flora, fauna, and architecture of the region." —Booklist

"This Land of Enchantment Book Award winner is an excellent offering from Cinco Puntos Press…This edition of the book offers a full Spanish translation, which will make the book accessible to an even larger appreciative audience and even better for use in bilingual classroom settings." —Children's Literature

"A Spoon for Every Bite/Una Cuchara Para Cada Bocado is the kind of funny folk tale that readers have come to expect from master storyteller Joe Hayes…The illustrations by Rebecca Leer are warm and gentle, with a nostalgic feeling." —New Mexico Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780938317937
ISBN-10: 0938317938
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2005
Pages: 32
Language: Spanish