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Tomie dePaola's Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers

by Tomie DePaola

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Many of these New Hampshire and Vermont stories are hilarious. DePaola narrated the stories in such a voice that sets your imagination going. They are set in the four seasons of the year and at the end of each season there is a comic that deals with the silly things that tourists say while they go through the North Country. There are 10 stories total and my favorite is Mothah Skunk Meets Sherman Curtis about a man that smells so bad he chases skunks away. The illustrations are done in typical DePaola fashion, bright and with details that will keep children looking at the pictures long after the book is read. ( )
  cfranson | Feb 11, 2014 |
(I used this book for the Traditional Literature assignment.)

This is a collection of short stories set in Vermont.

These books use language and dialogue wonderfully. This would be a great book to use with kids to model how to make dialogue that sounds like real speech. It would also be a great book to use as examples of tall tales and traditional literature. The stories are fun and inventive.

I love how Tomie dePaola uses traditional folktale themes and motifs to make these unique, culturally evocative stories! ( )
  BrittaSorensen | Nov 11, 2013 |
Very funny! Written in the dialect of a New Englander. I liked the story about the mud season. It has a little cartoon of tourists that runs through it between tales. ( )
  justineaylward | Dec 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399247548, Hardcover)

These laugh-out-loud stories from New Hampshire and Vermont are set during the four seasons of the year. The storyteller in his appealing dialect tells little-known tales, among them ?Mothah Skunk? and the night she had to move out with her kits because Sherman Curtis smelled so bad; the escapades of Big Gertie Benson, the lumberjacks? cook and a cousin of the Bunyans in the Midwest; and George Petty, who delivered the mail even during mud season by standing on the back of his horse with only his head sticking out. Interspersed throughout are comic style episodes as an unsuspecting tourist tries to get information from the ?locals.?

A delightful preface about living in New Hampshire for the past thirty-five years and visiting the North Country since he was a boy, explains why Tomie dePaola has perfect pitch for the dialect and a genuine appreciation for these unforgettable characters and their understated humor. Perfect for reading aloud to the family or in the classroom with a glossary to help with the pronunciations, these tales are sure to be a hit with Tomie?s fans, young and old.

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A collection of folk tales, original stories, and jokes reflecting the regional humor of northern New England.

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