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Paul Bunyan by Steven Kellogg

Paul Bunyan (1984)

by Steven Kellogg, William Dempster (Illustrator)

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This book was a great read to learn the legend behind Paul Bunyan. The plot was well worked with, displaying Paul's entire life from birth to disappearance. I also really enjoyed the illustrations because it makes the book seem very inviting to young readers. The writing I felt was also well used because it made the imaginative texture come to life. The main message of the book is to tell the tale of American folk hero Paul Bunyan. ( )
  zwatso1 | Mar 31, 2016 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because the writing was very descriptive and kept the reader engaged, for example the words they use to describe the characters strength. But I didn't like the illustrations. I thought they were too hectic. They were very descriptive however there was too much going on on just one page therefore it was difficult to concentrate on the texts. ( )
  tazool1 | Mar 31, 2016 |
I was not a big fan of this book. I thought there was just way too much going on in the book to pay attention. I know that it was telling Paul Bunyan's story but for me it was hard to concentrate on it. I did like the pictures in the book though they were interesting to look at and that is what kept me reading. The pictures had so much detail that added to the text so when they were talking about him fighting someone you actually saw it. ( )
  escalc1 | Mar 23, 2016 |
I liked this book because of the exaggerations that are in the book. The language in the book is extremely descriptive, for example the author at one point talks about how Paul Bunyan dug out all of the great lakes that surround Michigan. The language in the book will keep students focused on the story line. Also the illustrations are extremely colorful. This goes along with the writing because the writing is big and out of this world and so are the pictures. I feel like the main idea of this book is to tell an exaggeration of the story of a little boys life. Although the story is not true it would be a good book to get children's attention. ( )
  mhernd3 | Feb 24, 2016 |
I like Kellogg's interpretation of Paul Bunyan for two reasons. The writing is understandable and yet very fun and entertaining. Young readers can clearly understand the craziness that happens to Paul and Babe. The wording shows in a very understanding way the youth of Paul, to why Babe is blue, to what he supposedly did to cause the great national landmarks like the Great Lakes and the Grand Canyon, and why we supposedly never see him anymore because of his move to the Alaskan Wilderness. The simplicity does not detract from the entertainment of the story though. Young readers will still be very entertained by the crazy creatures and events like the Gungaroos and the giant flap jacks. The balance of these two is very good for keeping a young reader's interest. The second thing I liked about the book was the illustrations. They were extremely complementary to the story. You could clearly see Paul's massive strength and size even as a youth, and later in his life how through dragging his ax he dug out the Grand Canyon. It's clear throughout the entire story, if something may have been confusing in the language the illustrations clearly portrayed what was happening. The big idea of Paul Bunyan I feel is simply to entertain and also in a kind of almost mythological way explain how certain landmarks came to be. I really enjoy Paul Bunyan, it's a fun folktale and I definitely feel it should be read by young readers not just for entertainment but also as a way to connect with the culture of old America. ( )
  twenge3 | Feb 24, 2016 |
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Steven Kelloggprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dempster, WilliamIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Buddy EbsenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Paul Bunyan was the largest, smartest, and strongest baby ever born in the state of Maine.
Early one morning after a ferocious storm, a huge cradle washed up near a town in Maine. Inside the cradle was the biggest baby anyone had ever seen. It took the milk of five cows to fill his bottle!
Fueled by the powerful mixture of flapjacks and syrup, the men leveled the Great Plains and shaved the slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
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Do you know how the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River were first formed? How about the Great Plains and the Grand Canyon? Some people think these wonders were established by the forces of nature, but those folks clearly haven't heard of Paul Bunyan, the "strongest, smartest, and tallest hero of the tallest of American tall tales." Paul and his pal, Babe the Blue Ox, were responsible for creating all these geographic features as they worked their way west with their unusual lumber crew. Paul's adventures begin when he is just a baby (who can lift a cow over his head) and continue as he grows into the biggest lumberjack in the world. All the basic stories about Paul Bunyan are here in this rollicking tale, as well as a few inventive incidents added by author and illustrator Steven Kellogg.

Kellogg is well known for his stories about Pinkerton the Great Dane, retellings of classic tales such as Chicken Little, and illustrations for books such as How Much Is a Million? by David Schwartz. But Kellogg's most important contribution to children's literature is his series on American folk heroes, including Johnny Appleseed, Mike Fink, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, and of course, the tallest hero of the tallest tale of all--Paul Bunyan. A great legend and great fun. (Ages 5 to 9) --Marcie Bovetz

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Recounts the life of the extraordinary lumberjack whose unusual size and strength brought him many fantastic adventures.

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