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Paul Bunyan by Steven Kellogg

Paul Bunyan (1984)

by Steven Kellogg, William Dempster (Illustrator)

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I enjoyed rereading this classic story for a number of reasons. Looking at this folktale with a new set of eyes, I noticed the use of well detailed illustrations, dramatic descriptive language and deep character development. First off, I enjoyed the vivid and colorful drawings which made up the story. As you flipped each page, one side contained the written language while the other was the drawing of the action. For example, as Paul described his blue ox, you actually got to see his brightly colored blue ox on the adjacent page. Next, the author used extremely dramatic language to describe the action of the story. A perfect example of this is “Paul’s clothing was so large that they had to use wagon wheels as buttons.” Finally, the author chose to tell the entire story of Paul Bunyan, from birth to adulthood, this included details, not only about his appearance, but also his personality. These three aspects combined easily to show the author’s main message to share a humorous story of an extraordinary lumberjack. ( )
  ShelbyBurton | Oct 27, 2014 |
I love this book. Tall Tales are a genre that is fun and exciting to read. Paul Bunyan is probably one of the most favorite tall tale characters of all. Steven Kellogg does an incredible job retelling and illustrating the story. It is also interesting how many wonders are explained through the doings of the characters. For instance, Paul Bunyan created the Grand Canyon by dragging his pickaxe that fell from his shoulder from exhaustion and he dug the St Lawrence River and the Great Lakes too. This book makes for fun reading.
The writing in this story is the best part. The use of figurative language throughout the story makes the reader just want to keep turning the pages. A great example of the colorful language is, “He grew into a sturdy lad who was so quick on his feet he could blow out a candle and leap into bed before the room was dark.” Later on in his life Paul became a lumberjack and with his men they “leveled the Great Plains and shave the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. “ The reader will just want to keep reading to see what antics Paul will be up to next.
Along with the wonderful writing, the illustrations are just as thrilling as the words. Mr. Kellogg does a great job illustrating this story. The immense size of Paul and Babe in comparison to his men and the world he lives in is done so well. Some of my favorite pictures are Paul as a baby in his cradle that is as big as any ship in the harbor and of course when Paul rocks his cradle there were gigantic waves that came ashore and flooded everything. Another is Paul wrestling with a bear and when at the end he is holding up a big, blue whale in the Pacific Ocean.
The big message in this story is that anything is possible. Paul makes things happen because of his enormous size and personality. As the reader reads the story it gives the impression that we to can do anything with the right attitude and dreams. Wouldn’t we all like to be a tall tale hero like Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill? ( )
  AlexWyatt | Oct 27, 2014 |
I thought this was a fun book to read. The first reason why I liked this book was because of the plot. I liked how the book began with Paul as a baby and I was able to watch him progress to a young lad, to a growing man, to a 17 year old bearded man, to finally an adult. I also liked how the story followed Paul and Babe his trusty companion across the country as he was going place to place building things and helping people. For example, Paul cleared the heavily forested Midwest and built new bunkhouses. Another example is, Paul built a colossal flapjack griddle due to the cooks not being able to flip flapjacks fast enough. Paul left his hometown Maine because he had caused much damage to his town, due to how strong he was as a baby. The second reason why I liked the book was because of the illustrations. The illustrations truly enhanced the story. They were very colorful, contained much detail, and the style fit with the written text. I felt like I was involved in the story because in each illustration there were so many different elements. I loved it because I just got lost in every illustration and wanted to look at every little thing that was happening in them. The main message of the story was that a person could grow and adjust and have a happy life in spite of his or her differences. Also that it is not a bad thing for people to have differences. ( )
  Germuth | Oct 25, 2014 |
I enjoyed Steven Kellogg’s retelling of “Paul Bunyan” for two reasons. First of all, I liked that the illustrations (done by the author as well) were the main focus; the text was often woven within the pictures. This really helps fuel the imagination and brought these outrageous tales of Paul Bunyan to life. I especially loved the pages that showed Paul Bunyan in the woods, because the pictures cover every inch of the pages. It’s as though the pictures are as large as Paul Bunyan himself! I also loved how the characters were portrayed. I felt the real friendship between Paul and Babe, because Paul comforted babe often, and they always stuck together. Paul’s spirit was incredible, and I think lends itself to the main message, that being different is a wonderful thing, and that everyone has a job to do in the world. Despite being so different, Paul Bunyan created beautiful things for everyone else to enjoy! ( )
  ElizabethHaaser | Oct 25, 2014 |
Paul Bunyan is a very large man or a giant who lives among normal sized people; he is a lumberjack and goes through many adventures to finally find where he belongs.
This book could teach children to think outside the box; there are many challenges Paul must overcome and children can compare it to their own lives.
This is a good book for elementary aged students, i would say 5th grade and up because it is a longer book than many other children's books.
  alyssasookdeo | Oct 21, 2014 |
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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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