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Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett

by Steven Kellogg

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Based on a number of folktales about the wife of legendary politician and frontiersman Davy Crockett, this is a fun book of American tall tales with a tough female lead (oddly, though Davy Crockett was a real person, Sally Ann seems to be completely invented, but it's not like the Davy Crockett in the story had much to do with the historical one, either). The illustrations are wild and delightful, especially the whirlwind made of alligators towards the end, and fit the feel of the story perfectly. ( )
  PlasticAtoms | Feb 10, 2014 |
I wasn't familiar with the tall tales surrounding Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, so I thought this story and the illustrations were charming! Among other things, I liked the parts where she won the Annual State Fair Marathon at the age of one, and later courted Davy Crockett. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Sally Ann Thunder was born talking, swimming, and running. The story follows her and her heroic adventures as she meets Davy Crockett and they join forces. This tall tale is based on a true person, but she is given outstanding features making her a super-human. This indicates that she naturally a great person, which is basically her having super powers. ( )
  BarrettOlivia | Sep 25, 2012 |
This is a historical fiction autobiography of the famous heroine Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, wife of Davy Crockett. She is sassy, pround and very brave. Kellog tells his version of the folk heroine's adventures. ( )
  jsb021 | Feb 23, 2011 |
This version of the Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind tall-tale, written by Steven Kellogg, comes from various adventures in the Davy Crockett almanacs. Sally Ann is the extraordinary girl who was born able to talk, run, swim, and juggle fish. At the age of eight, she leaves her family to explore the frontier and live with various animals in order to learn about them. During her travels she fights bears and meets her husband, Davy Crockett. Their adventures continue together until Davy goes off to Congress and Sally Ann must protect the family from alligators.

As with all tall tales, the heroine is capable of extraordinary things. She comes into this world stronger and smarter than possible. She doesn't have magical powers, but she is powerful. Based on a real person, the Sally Ann of this story is exaggerated in personality and story.

This was an entertaining story with active illustrations up until the end. The ending seemed to cut the story off without completion or promise for more tales to come. Great read-aloud for ages four and up. ( )
  SadieReads | Jul 27, 2010 |
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About two hundred years ago a remarkable infant came into the world, beaming like a sunrise.
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"I can out-talk, out-grin, out-scream, out-swim, and out-run any baby in Kentucky!" she announced.
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On the day she is born this amazing baby proudly announces she can out-talk, out-grin, out-scream, out-swim, and out-run any baby in Kentucky. Within a few years Sally is off to the frontier, where she stuns a hungry grizzly bear, makes a lasso out of six rattlesnakes, and is more than a match for the mighty Mike Fink. And when Sally Ann rescues Davy Crockett from a pair of ferocious eagles, even her hornet's-nest bonnet and skunk perfume don't stop him from proposing marriage.

You won't find Sally Ann in any history book, but that hasn't kept her from becoming an authentic American frontier legend and the unforgettable heroine of Steven Kellogg's most delightfully rip-roaring tall tale.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:36 -0400)

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Sally Ann, wife of Davy Crockett, fears nothing--and proves it when braggart Mike Fink tries to scare her.

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