American Tall Tales

American Tall Tales

Book - 1991
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The perfect addition to every family's home library and just right for sharing aloud, American Tall Tales introduces readers to America's first folk heroes in nine wildly exaggerated and downright funny stories.

Here are Paul Bunyan, that king-sized lumberjack who could fell "ten white pines with a single swing"; John Henry, with his mighty hammer; Mose, old New York's biggest, bravest fireman; Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, who could "outgrin, outsnort, outrun, outlift, outsneeze, outsleep, outlie any varmint"; and other uniquely American characters, together in one superb collection.

In the tradition of the original nineteenth-century storytellers, Mary Pope Osborne compiles, edits, and adds her own two cents' worth--and also supplies fascinating historical headnotes. Michael McCurdy's robust colored wood engravings recall an earlier time, perfectly capturing all the vitality of the men and women who carved a new country out of the North American wilderness.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.
ISBN: 9780679800897
Characteristics: xii, 115 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: McCurdy, Michael


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CMLibrary_rkimray Jul 07, 2018

Need a read-aloud for older kids? This collection has wonderful tales just begging to be read aloud, including Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, Pecos Bill, and more. Be sure to read the author's introduction, as she took great care to make these stories relevant for modern readers. My favorite here is the telling of Johnny Appleseed, which reads like a campfire tale and just might give you goosebumps!

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