The Coyote Under the Table

Folk Tales Told in Spanish and English

By: Joe Hayes
Illustrator: Antonio Castro L.

Another classic collection of stories from the rich tradition of northern New Mexico, told by master storyteller Joe Hayes.



Another classic collection of stories from the rich tradition of northern New Mexico, told by master storyteller Joe Hayes.

What happens when an old dog sitting at the dinner table with his master slides a whole leg of lamb, a big bowl of posole, a stack of tortillas and a bottle of wine to a coyote, who just happens to be under the table? A whole ruckus, that's what!

But that's nothing compared with some of the other wild and wonderful folktales gathered by author Joe Hayes in this bilingual edition of The Coyote Under the Table. Like his signature collection The Day It Snowed Tortillas, this book is full of lively characters and laugh-out-loud stories. There's a trio of unsuitable suitors who court a clever young girl and end up being scared out of their wits one midnight in a haunted church. And a greedy man who learns his lesson on a day when he couldn't stop dancing. And a spotted cat who is actually a guardian angel in disguise.

Watch Joe Hayes tell The Coyote Under the Table in this free, online video, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection.

Joe Hayes is a nationally recognized author and storyteller. Joe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travels extensively throughout the United States, visiting schools and storytelling festivals.

Antonio Castro L. was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He has illustrated dozens of children's books including other Joe Hayes classics Pájaro Verde and The Day It Snowed Tortillas, as well as The Treasure on Gold Street. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

Awards and Accomodations

Junior Library Guild Selection

7 reviews for The Coyote Under the Table

  1. School Library Journal

    Hayes has a perfect storyteller’s voice, and the words flow on the page as though children were listening to the tale in person.
    – Tm Wadham, January 1, 2012

  2. Midwest Book Review

    It is impossible to open this book without wanting to finish it, or without laughing!
    – February 1, 2012

  3. Booklist

    Once again Hayes intrigues and amuses with this charming compilation of 10 classic tales from the Latino communities of northern New Mexico.
    – Angie Zapata, February 1, 2012

  4. Kirkus Reviews

    “These wise and witty tales continue to repay fresh encounters.”
    – October 28, 2011

  5. Horn Book

    [R]efreshing depth and humor…The tales … will delight.
    – Nina Lindsay, March 1, 2012

  6. Tucson Citizen

    “…filled with colorful characters and laugh-out-loud stories. Two standouts are “The Little Snake” and “The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Dancing.” These bilingual stories are certain to engage readers of all ages.”
    – February 24, 2012

  7. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

    “The softly detailed art has an intricacy and drama unusual in non-picturebook illustration. Source notes are included for each tale, making this an excellent resource for storytellers as well as a delightful addition to the 398.2s.”
    – May 1, 2012

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