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The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El día que nevó tortilla

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Kids of all ages are always asking Joe Hayes, "How can it snow tortillas?" Well, now they’ll know where to find the answer—at long last, Joe’s signature book The Day It Snowed Tortillas is appearing in this new bilingual edition. Bloomsbury Review listed the original English-only edition as one of their fifteen all-time favorite children’s books. Our bilingual edition has ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Cinco Puntos Press (first published October 1st 1982)
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of these stories are really great, but some are eh okay. I think they are best read like one a day or one a week. I read them continuously back to back and I think that was not the best way to have read them. I started this last year but then put it down and away and finally picked it up again. I think some of these stories are great and I wonder if they'd be better to hear than read. Overall not bad but I think I enjoyed a handful of stories and liked the idea of the book more than the boo ...more
Mattis Collier
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Day It Snowed Tortillas/El dia que nevo tortilla
Author: Joe Hayes
Genre: Folklore

The Day It Snowed Tortillas is about a foolish, uneducated firewood cutter. He was a good man and good at his job but always found himself getting into trouble because of his mouth. However, the firewood cutter had a very clever wife who always came to his aid. One day while out working, the man found three leather bags full of gold. When he came home, his wife knew that he was going to accidentally tell everyone
Whitney Illing
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The Day It Snowed Tortillas is a collection of folktales that were told throughout New Mexico villages over 400 hundred years ago. The author, Joe Hayes wrote the stories in both English and Spanish. The stories are engaging, kept me laughing, and reminded me of stories my parents and grandparents used to tell me. The stories throughout this book had similar themes to stories that were told to me as a child. This book allowed me to learn tales from a culture other than my own. My favorite story ...more
Erin Sweeney
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When introduced the folktale genre in class, I immediately thought about the opportunity to incorporate different cultures as well as languages. Joe Hayes does an awesome job of writing original stories with his own twist. These stories would be entertaining for any grade level, but more specifically 3-5. If the title alone doesn't grab my students attention, I would think the illustrations could do that as well. This book is great for a theme lesson, and enables students to gather information f ...more
Nicole Renwick
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The book, the Day It Snowed Tortillas, is a folklore collection of short stories that have been told and passed down in villages in New Mexico for centuries! These stories are written in both spanish and english for students in grades 4-5. I read this book as an ebook but it is also available in other formats.

The book, the Day It Snowed Tortillas, is a WOW book for me because it is written in both spanish and english for all of my students to enjoy! I love how crazy it is to think while reading
Lauren Smith
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Day it Snowed Tortillas" is a fun compilation of Folklore tales taking place in Spanish-speaking communities. This book is unique because half of the book is written in English, and the other half is in Spanish (left is English, right is Spanish). The stories told of legends in the town that many believed in, and many were somewhat comical. My favorite is the tale the book was named after, "The Day it Snowed Tortillas", where an intelligent wife helped herself and her husband save their gol ...more
Camila Portocarrero
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This book meets the folklore category.

This book is about a man that does not know how to write or read, however, he is a hard worker and good with cutting lumber. Since the man hadn't gone to school, he was not a very clever person which got him into trouble many times, but he had a very clever wife that would always come to the rescue whenever his "foolishness" led him to trouble. These characteristics of the man led to believe that it snowed tortillas one, which is where all the fun begin with
Ann Harrington
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this excellent collection of bilingual folktales from Spanish-speaking countries around the world, author Joe Hayes does a wonderful job not only writing his versions of many traditional stories but also explaining the likely origin of these stories. This collection includes many well-known Latino folktales such as "La "Llorona," as well as lesser-known stories that delight and enchant the reader.

My upper-elementary students loved this book! I used it in guided reading groups and book clubs,
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Fantastic multi-cultural folktale collection! This is one of the best collections of folktales I have found in this genre. The title reminded me of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, however, no real connection to that book. My favorite story in the collection is The Day It snowed Tortillas. In this Mexican folktale, an uneducated man finds 3 bags of gold and his wife who is smarter than he has to take measures to make sure they aren't caught with the gold. It is funny and children of all ages w ...more
Astrid Vidal
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this book. I liked that this book has lots of little stories and life lesson to it. I liked the part when they said that some random guy was super smart and he could solve anything. But they were all wrong. It was really a woman who was the smartest of them all.
Kathryn Joyce
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3440-esol
Uses a nice integration of both Spanish and English by telling stories in both languages. It intertwines both languages in a creative way. Tells folktales and stories. I would use this as a read aloud and during a folktales unit.
Anna Edwards
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
E-text: Folklore - This is such a good little book. The author uses a few Spanish speaking country folklores in his book that are a great educational resource. You could use this book for any of the grades, but I might stick with younger ones, like 3rd grade. This book is a very silly book that I think the 3rd graders would laugh at. The concept of raining tortillas is funny (and the book plays off of this too) and so this book was quite entertaining. This book was a wow book for me because I re ...more
Eva Dugas
This collection of New Mexico folktales makes elementary through middle school readers laugh while learning about morals and safety. These tales include “The Cricket” and “La Llorana” that teach morals of telling the truth and listing to parents. Teachers can use this book in a unit about folktales in different cultures, even within America.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This book was a good book of New Mexican folktales. Despite the fact my ability to read Spanish is rather poor, I appreciated the bilingual nature of the book. I think that it would be a great book to read aloud to children, whether for a reading or Spanish class. The tales are well written in the style of traditional folktales. Overall, I would suggest this book to anyone.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanol
I read an entire book in Spanish!
Cory Hernandez
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-eng-356
Being half-Mexican, this collection of short stories was really fun. As I was growing up I heard two of these stories so it was fun to read them again and see the picture that went with them. The thing that was cool about this book was that it brought about different culture stories that would be helpful or fun for a teacher to use when they are introducing Mexican or New Mexico culture. A teacher would also be able to use this piece as an introduction piece to more Mexican literature that is mo ...more
The day it snowed tortillas {El dia nevaron tortillas} by Joe Hayes is a collection of folktales toled in English and in Spanish. One story is about a man who never went to school who had a smart wife. He found three sacks of gold and brought them home. His wife told him they might belong tothieves so don't tell anyone. But he had a big mouth, and word spread fast. So the wife made lots and lots of tortillas and threw themon the ground while he slept. When he saw them he thought it had rained to ...more
Vera Chen
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Day it Snowed Tortillas is a collection of short stories. I really loved the almost folk-tale like stories. They made me laugh and reminded me of the fables and tales that I heard in my youth. I especially loved the first story, where a woodcutter had found a bag of gold and because his wife knew he would not be able to keep quiet about it, made it seemed as if it has snowed tortillas the night before. The mention of tortillas made me want to go and eat some. The other stories in the collect ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-356
Included in this compialation are ten short stories that were very cute and entertaining. Although this book was a short read, since only half of it is in English, the other half being in Spanish, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. My favorite short story was "The Best Thief" which told a story of a boy who was raised as a thief and came to work for the King. The King decided to give him a series of tasks, if he could complete them, the King would reward him, but if not, the King would kill him. Of ...more
Katherine Gingrich
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 16-books, 25-books
This book is made up of a bunch of folk tales like La Llorna that are very Spanish/ Southwestern culture. I grew up in New Mexico. These are the stories that we heard in elementary school along with cinderella. This book is evidence to me that no matter what culture you may belong too the stories are always simmilar with the same themes.
I loved the fact that it used the Spanish in with the English translation. These stories do no face death by translation- they keep their cultural voice. My favo
Amanda Peterson
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-356
This book was a little on the "eh" side for me. It had some fun stories inside of it, but I was not thoroughly entertained/entranced while reading the book. It was fun seeing the pictures at the beginning of each chapter to see how it coincided with the each story, though. The one thing that confused me the most, was when there were Spanish phrases (on the English side) that did not say the translation right after. Another thing, I do not see how this could be a Young Adult Literature book, Twee ...more
Juliet Schenk
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a great read for all ages as it is composed of 10 adapted traditional folktales from New Mexico. It is quite possible that many Hispanic students would be familiar with some of these folktales as some of them are quite popular. I loved that this book had the folktales in both English and Spanish so that students could read them in the language of their choice. My favorite story was the Little Gold Star as it was similar to the traditional Cinderella story but also very different.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a really quick read. I was a little disappointed in it though. First of all, it seems rather young to be a young adult book. Second, the English short stories still have Spanish in them, so, as a non-Spanish speaker, I went online and tried to look up translations. That seemed to take a lot out of the stories, which are only a few pages long. These short stories have relatively basic morals and lessons to them. If I were a teenager, I would not read this book unless I was assigned ...more
Michael Elrod
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adults
If you are like me, and need a quick read to reach goals, this book is JUST RIGHT! But, if you pick it up simply for the quick read, I think you'll be delightfully surprised by the hysterical fiction/folklore found in this book. The stories were a riot. Take for instance the story that the book is named for. About the "crazy" farmer who is convinced by his wife that it snowed tortillas which is later used as a ploy to convince some robbers that he was indeed to Senile to have stolen some hidden ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Years ago, my brother and I had a tape of these stories as a child. One day, one of the stories popped into my head and I could still hear the voice reading it, as clear as if I were listening to the tape.

Unfortunately, I couldn't remain the name of the story or the collection of stories. After googling for a long while, I finally found it. I bought a copy immediately. Once I started reading, all the tales were instantly familiar and just as entertaining as I remembered from childhood. Like mos
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a great read! I loved the folk tales, and short stories! I loved the humor and I was laughing along with my husband reading them aloud.

The Day It Snowed Tortillas is a collection of Mexican folktales that provide great humor and stories that include themes about fools becoming legends without even trying, and thieves making more money than their harder working peers. A few of my favorites were, "The Day It Snowed Tortillas", "The Best Theif", and "The Cricket". It was hilarious and a quick,
Cami Beath
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The Day it Snowed Tortillas
By Joe Hayes

I thought the short stories in this collection were enchanting. They all felt so authentic, even if they were a little bizarre. I could see this being child’s favorite bedtime story book. It has that comforting sense of familiarity to it. There were a couple of editing errors (like missing punctuation) but I won’t blame it for that. The author obviously took great care in selecting and crafting these stories, and that care has transferred to the stories. I
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Cute short stories with very unrealistic events--which just adds to the humor of them. The first four were my favorites. "The Day It Snowed Tortillas" made me chuckle because the man was a bit of a simpleton which served the wife's purpose in making him appear crazy. In "Pedro Y El Diablo" the boys go to steal some apples; which is bad, but leads to a funny moral. Don't eavesdrop on conversations, especially when might just find yourself running for your life.

Elements: There is a de
Amy Gwynn
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Great stories! I enjoyed them all so much. I especially enjoyed the ones that taught a little lesson or had some meaning, but the ones that were simply there for entertainment balanced it perfectly. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who speaks Spanish, knows a little Spanish, has Hispanic friends, or simply likes the culture of Mexico and southern US states. It made me think of my Hispanic friends, since I don't speak a word of Spanish. But I just really want to share this with them!

May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I originally thought this was be story kind of like "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" but set in Mexico. I did have some expectations like the main idea of the story having to do with food falling from the sky. It seemed like a fun and witty children's book.

While it did not turn out to be anything like "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" it did not disappoint me. It was a series of short stories that still managed to be fun and witty not unlike the humor in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.
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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
“Este cuento es el más conocido de todo el suroeste de los Estados Unidos. Es muy conocido en todo México también. Dondequiera que lo oigas, el cuentero va a jurar que ocurrió por ahí cerca de donde vive él, así que ya es imposible precisar dónde tuvo lugar o si sucedió de verdad. Hay muchas formas de contar el cuento, pero todos están de acuerdo que comenzó hace mucho tiempo en un pueblo muy chiquito. En aquel pueblito vivía una muchacha que era mucho más linda que todas las demás. Se llamaba María. Todo el mundo decía que sin duda María era la muchacha más bonita en quinientas millas a la redonda. Incluso podía ser la más hermosa de todo el mundo. Y como María era tan linda, se creía superior a la demás gente. La familia de María era buena, muy trabajadora. Vivía en una buena casa. Le” 0 likes
“ropa bonita a su hija. Pero María no se daba por satisfecha. Creía que merecía algo mucho mejor. Cuando María ya era mujercita, no quería tener nada que ver con los jóvenes de su pueblo. No eran bastante buenos para ella. Muchas veces cuando se paseaba con su abuelita por las afueras del pueblo, decía: —Abuelita, cuando yo me case, voy a casarme con el hombre más guapo del mundo. La abuela movía la cabeza. Pero María miraba a través de la ladera y decía: —Va a tener el pelo tan negro y reluciente como el cuervo que veo posado en aquel piñón. Y cuando se mueva, va a mostrar la fuerza y la gracia del caballo que mi abuelito tiene en su corral. —María —decía la anciana suspirando—, ¿por qué piensas siempre en cómo se ve un hombre? Si vas a casarte con un hombre hay que asegurarte de que sea un buen hombre, de que tenga buen corazón. No te fijes tanto en lo guapo que es. Pero María se decía: —Estas viejitas. Tienen las ideas tan anticuadas. No entienden nada. Un día llegó al pueblo un hombre que parecía ser el mero hombre de quien María hablaba. Se llamaba Gregorio. Era un vaquero del llano al este de la sierra. Sabía montar cualquier bestia. Si tenía un caballo que se amansaba mucho, lo regalaba y se iba para capturar un caballo salvaje. Pensaba que no era varonil montar un caballo que no fuera medio bronco. Era tan guapo que todas las muchachas andaban enamorándose de él. Tocaba la guitarra y cantaba con buena voz. María decidió que ése era el hombre con quien se iba a casar. Pero disimulaba sus sentimientos. Si se encontraban en la calle y Gregorio la saludaba, María volteaba la cara. Si venía a su casa para tocar su guitarra y cantar, ella ni siquiera se asomaba a la ventana. Al poco tiempo Gregorio también se decidió. Se dijo: —Esa orgullosa de María. Es con ella que me voy a casar. Yo puedo conquistar su corazón. Todo resultó tal y como María lo había planeado. Los padres de María no querían que se casara con Gregorio. Le dijeron: —Él no puede ser buen marido. Está acostumbrado a la vida bárbara del llano. No te cases con él. Por supuesto María no les hizo caso a sus padres. Se casó con Gregorio. Por algún tiempo todo andaba bien. Tuvieron dos hijos. Pero después de varios años, Gregorio volvió a su antigua manera de ser. Se mantenía fuera de casa por meses a la vez. Cuando regresaba a casa le decía a María: —Yo no vine a verte a ti. Quiero pasar un rato con mis hijos nomás. Jugaba con los hijos por un tiempo, y luego se iba para pasar toda la noche jugando a las cartas con sus amigos y tomando vino. Y empezó a decir” 0 likes
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