American Tall Tales
Nine classic stories retold by the brilliant mind behind the Magic Tree House series (one of my personal childhood favorites!). Enjoy renditions of Davy Crocket, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, and more. Written by Mary Pope Osborne, with beautiful woodcut illustrations by Michael McCurdy. 115 pgs, hc. Laura
The perfect addition to every family's home library and just right for sharing aloud, American Tall Tales introduces readers to America's first folk heroes in nine wildly exaggerated and downright funny stories.
Here are Paul Bunyan, that king-sized lumberjack who could fell "ten white pines with a single swing; John Henry, with his mighty hammer; Mose, old New York's biggest, bravest fireman; Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, who could "outgrin, outsnort, outrun, outlift, outsneeze, outsleep, outlie any varmint; and other uniquely American characters, together in one superb collection.
In the tradition of the original nineteenth-century storytellers, Mary Pope Osborne compiles, edits, and adds her own two cents' worthand also supplies fascinating historical headnotes. Michael McCurdy's robust colored wood engravings recall an earlier time, perfectly capturing all the vitality of the men and women who carved a new country out of the North American wilderness.