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ISBN13: 9780140309287
ISBN10: 0140309284
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Eight exciting classic American Tall Tales! This collection includes the famed stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Stormalong, Mike Fink, Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, and Joe Magarac, with evocative illustrations by Richard M. Powers.

About the Author

Adrien Stoutenberg was a poet and writer of children's fiction. Having written over forty books, she is best known for her poetry collection Heroes, Advise Us, which was the 1964 Lamont Poetry Selection.

Richard M. Powers was a prolific illustrator, best known for his work illustrating science fiction book covers such as Pebble in the Sky.

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Home School Book Review, May 11, 2013 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
The mythologies of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Vikings, and even England go back thousands of years, so isn’t the United States just too young for that sort of thing? Not so! In our relatively short history of just over 200 years, several “tall tales” have arisen in our culture. This book provides competent retellings of eight American folk heroes. They include some fictional characters like lumberjack Paul Bunyan, cowboy Pecos Bill, sea captain Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and steelworker Joe Magarac; a few real individuals about whom many legends have sprung up, such as riverboat man Mike Fink, frontiersman Davy Crockett, and pioneer Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman); and one semi-historical person, railroad hammerman John Henry.

Some of the stories are fairly familiar, while others are not so well known. Concerning John Henry, in Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend, Scott Reynolds Nelson, an associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary, contends that the John Henry of the ballad was based on a real person, the 20-year-old New Jersey-born freeman, John William Henry (prisoner #497 in the Virginia penitentiary), who might have come to Virginia to work on the clean-up of the battlefields after the Civil War, was arrested and tried for burglary, but was among the many convicts released by the warden to private contractors to work as a leased laborer on the C&O Railway. A couple of common euphemisms (blast it, tarnation) occur, and there are some references to tobacco use and to dancing. However, these accounts are an important part of our society’s heritage. One reader reviewer wrote, “I don't remember Johnny Appleseed being quite as silly,” but please note that this isn’t intended to be a biography of the actual John Chapman but a picture of Johnny Appleseed from American folklore.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140309287
Author:
Powers, Richard M.
Author:
Powers, Richard M.
Author:
Stoutenberg, Adrien
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - American
Subject:
Folklore -- United States.
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Tales -- United States.
Subject:
Children s Folk Tales-North American
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Puffin Books
Publication Date:
19761031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.82x5.06x.32 in. .20 lbs.
Age Level:
12-UP

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