Apples, temptation, and a beautiful woman. Can Juan Verdades still be Truthful John by the end?
A wealthy landowner bets the farm that trusted employee Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. The daughter of the man who stands to win the bet tricks Juan into making a foolish mistake. Juan wonders if he can admit it.
"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 fruit around. He trusts only one man to care for this tree—his ranch foreman Juan Verdades. Don Ignacio is also a proud man and he lets his pride carry him into a dangerous bet! He bets a neighboring rancher his ranch that Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. His opponent is determined to win the bet, using guile and the help of his beautiful daughter to trick Juan Verdades into stealing all of the fruit from the prized apple tree. Will Juan Verdades be able to tell the truth about what he has done? The ranch depends on it.
Watch Joe Hayes tell Juan Verdades —The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie in this free, online video, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection:
Originally published in 2001, this paperback edition of Joe Hayes' classic story features the bilingual style common to his most popular books. JoeÍs bilingual Spanish-English tellings and books have earned him a distinctive place among AmericaÍs storytellers. He lives in Santa Fe and travels extensively throughout the United States telling his stories.
Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.