The Gum-Chewing Rattler

Kids always want Joe Hayes to tell The Gum-Chewing Rattler. And why not? It combines so many things kids love to do--chew bubble gum, tell tall tales, and drive their moms crazy--with the wild, impossible claim that a rattlesnake chewed gum and blew a bubble with it! You see, when Joe was a boy, that's what he told his mother--that bubble gum saved him from a rattlesnake's fangs! Really! Don't worry--Joe's mother didn't believe him either. In 2005, Joe Hayes received the Talking Leaves Award from the National Storytelling Network for his contributions to the literature of storytelling.