The Hidden Feast

The Hidden Feast

A Folktale from the American South

By Martha Hamilton (Retold by); Mitch Weiss (Retold by); Don Tate (Illustrator)

August House Publishers, Hardcover, 9780874837582, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 2006

When the barnyard animals are invited to a party by their neighbors, they dress in their Sunday best and set off for a day of merriment. But when dinnertime arrives, the famished animals are perplexed to find a simple meal of cornbread. Most of the animals are polite but not Rooster who turns up his beak in disgust. Little did Rooster know that there is a surprise in the cornbread.

About the Author
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, a husband and wife storytelling team, are recognized nationally as experts at teaching children and adults the art of storytelling. Since 1980 they have been performing and leading workshops together as "Beauty and the Beast Storytellers" throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Mitch Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for the Associated Press, has covered subjects ranging from the Vietnam War to corrupt real estate appraisers to the British Petroleum oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He is coauthor of The Yankee Comandante, Hunting Che, No Way Out, and Tiger Force.

Don Tate has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his book "It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw" (Lee & Low Books). Visit his website at