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Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell A Lie

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Orchard
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This tale takes place in New Mexico, but I recently came across a version that takes place in Hungary ("Mighty Mikko" in Jane Yolen's folktale collection Mightier Than the Sword). Juan Verdades never lies, and cleverly finds a way to tell the truth even when he is tricked. I like the way Joe Hayes retells the tale, and will look for more of his books.
Kristin H.
Oct 06, 2008 Kristin H. rated it it was amazing
This is a great book especially for a multicultural classroom. I would recommend it for 1st- 9th grade. It is the story of a very honest ranch hand who cannot tell a lie. Even when he is tricked he tells the truth, and he ends up coming out on top.
Violet
Dec 03, 2012 Violet rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book as well. It gives a great message, and the ending is my kind of ending as well. Juan Verdades could not lie, and so two ranchers decided to bet the own ranches to see if Juan could lie or not. I think children will really like reading this story.
Susan
Dec 20, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Good read-aloud book with nice artwork. It was good to read to a sick child who otherwise might not have sat through a long-ish story.
Padmashree Rajagopalan
Apr 25, 2013 Padmashree Rajagopalan rated it really liked it
An interesting book about a man who couldn't tell a lie. He's very honest with the work that his owner gave him. But would he be like that every time?


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Designated New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Learning (1979).

Joe was the youngest of five children. His father loved to tell stories. The family moved to Arizona where Joe learned to speak Spanish which became an integral part of his storytelling and writing.

In 1979, he began to devote himself full time to sharing stories. He focuses on elementary school audiences
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