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American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne

American Tall Tales

by Mary Pope Osborne

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Tall Tales" featuring 9 American folk heroes of the 19th century.

Family listening... performed by Scott Snively.

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Knopf Books for Young Readers

..include Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Johnny Appleseed, Stormalong, Mose, Febold Feboldson, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan. ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
I chose to read this book for the genre aspect of it. I wanted to gain more fantasy books in my collection. This book goes through all the American Tall Tales. Osborne's stories reveal a wide range of geographical settings, and illustrate the many different occupations pioneer settlers, backwoodsmen and women, farmers, volunteer firefighters, sailors, cowboys, laborers, and loggers that contributed to the development of America. Osborne's focus is on the absurd humor, vulnerability and compassionate aspects of her tales, despite their, at times, prejudiced and violent leanings. Through one of the collection's female characters, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Osborne portrays an outrageously bold and ingenious frontier woman who can match any of her male counterparts and more. The bigger picture of this book is to open up a world of silliness and mystical creatures to have young children explore their imagination.
  jbahri1 | Dec 11, 2015 |
This is a wonderful compilation of tall tales that would be perfect to keep in a classroom for story time. The first thing I liked about this book was the characters. There are tales about several familiar names, such as Paul Bunyon and Johnny Appleseed. The characters strengths and weaknesses are highlighted. Johnny Appleseed was responsible for helping spread apples across the US, but he was also really bad at romance. I also liked the illustrations in the book. The pictures are all hand-drawn and give a historical feel, which is fitting for these stories from the past. The main idea of this book is to retell traditional tall tales that have been passed down through generations. It also introduces children to the well-known characters of the traditional literature world. ( )
  jwrigh28 | Oct 22, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book because it is a compilation of nine folk tales in which heroes and heroines are greatly exaggerated. It contains a lot of humor, which keeps the reader engaged and interested. The purpose of this book is to give morals and lessons through various stories. ( )
  Ajohns93 | Oct 21, 2015 |
Mary Pope Osborne does a fantastic job when retelling the famous American tall tales. This book includes stories on Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and more. The stories are short but they are packed with so much information. The stories are much like their originals however they are humorous. Mary Pope Osborne does a good job with capturing moments that can be turned into funny matters. For example, in the story about Johnny Appleseed, it was talking about everything he had seen on his journey. One of the people he saw was "a man names Lincoln giving speeches in a field. 'Keep it up! John Shouted. 'Maybe you'll be president some day!'" I thought this was funny because I can hear Johnny'e tone of voice in my head when I am reading it. It uses foreshadowing to capture that moment and students reading that are going to make connections and realize that Abraham Lincoln was in fact a famous American President.
  brittanyyelle | Oct 21, 2015 |
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Osborne, Mary Popeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mccurdy, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I understand the large hearts of heroes, The courage of present times and all times..." - Walt Whitman
For Will, who is the whole steamboat, and with special thanks to my editor, Anne Schwartz – M. P. O.
Dedicated to the memory of Lynd Ward, whose tools helped to engrave these pictures – M. M.
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The real Davy Crockett was a backwoodsman born in the mountains of Tennessee in 1786.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679800891, Hardcover)

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of these collection of tales. There are among nine "tall" heroes featured in this exuberant collection of traditional American folk tales, including Paul Bunyan, JohnnyAppleseed, John Henry, and other American folk heroes.

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A collection of tall tales about such American folk heroes as Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan.

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