. . . have been compiled by William Hayes, who spent some of his childhood in central Arizona. Most interesting of these indigenous tales is The Turquoise Stones, a tale which sprang from the abundance of the gems in that region. The valleys, rivers and mountains near the Gila and Salt rivers gave rise to these tribal stories explaining why the world is the way it is, why the coyote is the color of the ground, how fire was brought from lightning and other rationalizations of natural phenomena. For the readers of this region the stories compiled by author-illustrator Hayes should be of interest. However their appeal is not sufficiently intense to warrant particular attention from other locales.