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Juan Verdades, The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie/El hombre que no sabia mentir

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“Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.”—Publishers Weekly

Don Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Cinco Puntos Press (first published November 1st 2001)
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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.
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.
Kristin H.
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.
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.
it was a very interesting story i loved it.
Padmashree Rajagopalan
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?

Values put to the test. Honesty, faith, integrity.
Beautiful pictures, lovely tale, excellently told.
its verry magnifecent
Really good book.
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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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