Grandpa's Hal-la-loo-ya Hambone!
By Joe Hayes
Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
When Joe Hayes was a kid, money was real tight for his family. So tight that there was a whole year where all they could eat was beans. When Joe's father was able to buy them a big, scrumptious hambone, they were so happy that they hollered "hal-la-loo-ya!" But the whole neighborhood got wind of the flavorful delicacy and wanted a taste too. Lucky for them, Joe's mom was very neighborly, and she had some tricks up her sleeve. Way before anyone had even heard the words "reduce, reuse, recycle," Joe's mom was a recycling pro, and knew how to squeeze every bit of usefulness out of everything. So, she got inventive about making that hambone last--and that's when this Tall Tale gets even TALLER!
About the Creators
Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he started learning Spanish from his classmates. As Joe got older, he began reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists and gathering the old stories from the Southwest region. His books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children's Book Awards, the Texas Bluebonnet award, and the National Storytelling Network Talking Leaves Award. He lives in New Mexico.
Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of childrens' books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press). His artwork for My Tata's Remedies/Los remedios de mi tata won a Pura Belpré Honor for illustration.