The Corn Whisperer

Sue Houser (Author) Ramon Shiloh (Illustrator)

Product Details

Irie Books
Publish Date
March 31, 2017
8.0 X 0.12 X 8.0 inches | 0.27 pounds

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About the Author

Sue Houser, a native of New Mexico, is interested in preserving the state's history and traditions. Her stories celebrate the rich cultural diversity of New Mexico. A retired social worker, she lives with her husband in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.
As a professional storyteller at state fairs, museums, and planetariums, Ramon Shiloh learned to be a listener as well as a sharer. Through these experiences he honed the visual art that you see in these pages. His illustrated books include The Otter, The Spotted Frog and the Great Flood.


"In retelling this charming set of stories, Sue Houser demonstrates how ancient Pueblo traditions manage to live on in today's rapidly changing world, thanks to enduring family ties where elders help young children maintain their identity by sharing the culture's deep origins."

Paul Zolbrod, Emertus Professor of English, Allegheny College

"When Charlie goes to visit his grandfather at the Pueblo, a whole new world opens up for him. From Grandfather Joe, an avid storyteller, Charlie learns the wisdom of his Native American roots."

Judith Schiess Avila, best-selling author of Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII.

"The stories filled my heart with loving memories of my childhood when we would gather around the fire and listen to the elders tell stories."

Therese Tohtsoni, award-winning Picuris Pueblo potter

"After enjoying the voice-and-illustration pairing of The Corn Whisperer stories, I returned to the professor's introductory account of the science behind listening to corn. As a writer of nature and children's poetry, I was intrigued and inspired to write a poem about listening to the corn. I also have a strong desire to hear corn for myself some day."

Katherine Hauth, author of What's for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World and Night Life of the Yucca: The Story of a Flower and a Moth.