American Tall new arrival lowest Tales online

American Tall new arrival lowest Tales online

American Tall new arrival lowest Tales online

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Illus. in full color. Upstarts like Davy Crockett, giants like Paul Bunyan, and gentle souls like Johnny Appleseed are among the nine "tall" heroes featured in this exuberant collection of traditional American folk tales. "McCurdy''s intricate wood engravings set these larger-than-life folk on majestic landscapes brimming with energy, rich with wildlife and local color. The author''s thoughtful introduction and notes round out this superlative offering."--(starred) School Library Journal.  

From AudioFile

Tall tales are that captivating genre of literature in which geography, forces of nature, and strong characters converge. The likes of Stormalong, the three-fathoms-tall sailor; Mose, the tireless New York firefighter; and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, master tamer of rattlesnakes and men, simultaneously entertain and explain the shaping of the American psyche. In this fine recording, Osborne has selected American greats and, from each body of adventure, timeless episodes. With his talent for regional accents, Scott Snively takes the listener directly to that part of the United States and creates vivid characters. The listener is on the Great Plains as Swedish farmer Febold Feboldson lures settlers with his schemes to tame Mother Nature. In Maine the listener feels Paul Bunyan''s sadness each time civilization forces him to a new wilderness. Interludes of period harmonica music complete this delightful listening package. A.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Illus. in full color. Upstarts like Davy Crockett, giants like Paul Bunyan, and gentle souls like Johnny Appleseed are among the nine "tall" heroes featured in this exuberant collection of traditional American folk tales. "McCurdy''s intricate wood engravings set these larger-than-life folk on majestic landscapes brimming with energy, rich with wildlife and local color. The author''s thoughtful introduction and notes round out this superlative offering."--(starred) School Library Journal.  

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"McCurdy''s intricate wood engravings set these larger-than-life folk on majestic landscapes brimming with energy, rich with wildlife and local color. The author''s thoughtful introduction and notes round out this superlative offering."--(starred) School Library Journal.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6- Mary Pope Osborne''s retelling of tales about America''s folk heroes (Random, 1991) includes an introduction to each tale which tells where and when the stories were first published, and often explains other variations of the tales. The tales include Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Johnny Appleseed, Stormalong, Mose, Febold Feboldson, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan. Most of the characters covered are white males, but there is some diversity with the inclusion of Sally Ann and John Henry. Each story is separated by folk music featuring harmonicas or fiddles. The narrator, actor Scott Snively, uses a matter-of-fact voice to present the historical information, and a very expressive voice for the stories. His different accents are appropriate and often amusing. A few appropriate sound effects are used. A good choice for school and public libraries.
Linda Gray, Lon Morris College, Jacksonville, TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

For the 90''s, a handsome, well-documented collection of stories about nine uniquely American characters. In her intelligent introduction, Osborne explains their genesis ``from various combinations of historical fact, the storytelling of ordinary people, and the imagination of professional writers'''' and notes that changing times put a new light on stories deriding various groups (including women and even animals). Thus her intention is to emphasize ``gargantuan physical courage and absurd humor'''' and to ``bring out the vulnerable and compassionate side'''' despite the stories'' ``ineradicable taint of violence.'''' Osborne succeeds pretty well in her intention, piecing together stories that make fine introductions to characters like Mose and Stormalong. Her approach suits Johnny Appleseed and John Henry better than it does Davy Crockett battling a panther, but she does manage to put a new slant on Pecos Bill and his bouncing bride without undermining the story (there''s no question of a wife''s disobedience here; Sue wants to ride Bill''s horse as a test of skill). The telling is more polished than lively--Glen Rounds''s irrepressible wit (Ol'' Paul, the Mighty Logger, 1949) is more fun, but these versions are perfectly acceptable. McCurdy''s vigorous wood engravings, tinted with lucid color, contribute a rugged frontier flavor; lively, though a bit formal in style, they suit the text admirably. Each story is introduced by source notes; a story-by-story bibliography provides a good roundup of this popular genre. (Folklore. 6-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Review

"McCurdy''s intricate wood engravings set these larger-than-life folk on majestic landscapes brimming with energy, rich with wildlife and local color. The author''s thoughtful introduction and notes round out this superlative offering."--(starred) School Library Journal.  


From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

American folk heroes of the 19th century spring to life in these splendidly retold sagas. Osborne''s reputation as a gifted raconteur ( Favorite Greek Myths ; Beauty and the Beast ) is reaffirmed in this compendium, which retells the legends of familiar figures (Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill), as well as lesser known personalities, such as Crockett''s fictional wife Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, a composite character shaped by tales of various real-life women. Also chronicled are heroes hailing from places other than the backwoods, including Stormalong, a giant sailor who as a baby was washed onto a Cape Cod beach by a tidal wave, and Mose, a New York City fireman immortalized in an 1848 Broadway play. As tantalizing as Osborne''s storytelling are McCurdy''s ( The Owl-Scatterer ) elaborate, full-color wood engravings, which in their robust stylization dramatically render the grandeur of these engrossing yarns. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

*  Mary Pope Osborne grew up in the military, and by the time she was fifteen had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina.

* After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970''s, Mary traveled all over Europe, and spent the first six weeks of her trip living in a cave on the island of Crete.  She then joined up with a group of European young people and traveled in rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

* She was a bartender, an acting teacher, a waitress, a travel agent, a window dresser, and a medical assistant -- all before becoming an author!  Now she is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels.

* In February 1993, Mary was elected the 27th president of the Author''s Guild, the oldest, most established organization for writers in the United States.

* Mary her husband Will spilt their time between an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York and a cabin in Pennsylvania.  They own a terrier named Bailey, who sleeps on the top of Mary''s desk every day while she writes!  

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Kathryn Farley
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Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020
I love American tall tales. Unfortunately, they are not often passed down to the youngest generation. It is hard to tell who enjoys a "big fish" story more, the listener or the teller. I have used these stories as an introduction to hyperbole and oral tradition. I ask the... See more
I love American tall tales. Unfortunately, they are not often passed down to the youngest generation. It is hard to tell who enjoys a "big fish" story more, the listener or the teller. I have used these stories as an introduction to hyperbole and oral tradition. I ask the question: what makes a story fun to listen to, or fun to tell? These tales are a fantastic way to engage students in both writing and speaking in front of a group. By the end of the unit, everyone has written a story they''re dying to tell around our tissue paper campfire.
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This was a gift for an inquizative young man of 12.
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
He has interest in reading the history of people so I chose this one because it has a variety of different characters in the whole book and it is one that is good for a 12 year old to get a perspective on the lives of forefathers. I highly recommend this one
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Love the stories and pictures
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021
My son and I are reading this book for a homeschooling study. We have loved the stories and the illustrations. We have had fun going online and comparing them to the some of the stories in the book. Some of the stories are familiar to me and some are ones that are new to... See more
My son and I are reading this book for a homeschooling study. We have loved the stories and the illustrations. We have had fun going online and comparing them to the some of the stories in the book. Some of the stories are familiar to me and some are ones that are new to me. It has been a fun experience reading them with my son.
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M. Jolly
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Well done and good quality
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
I ordered this to do a unit study on American tall tales with my 5th grader next school term. I have looked through it and it is really well done, good quality binding with great illustrations. It will be perfect for what I’m needing.
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and the kids love this book
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2016
I bought this book for my 2nd grade class to go along with our Westward Expansion/Tall Tales study, and the kids love this book! Students always choose this book for their self-selected reading time. My class loves Osborne''s Magic Tree House series and finds it a real... See more
I bought this book for my 2nd grade class to go along with our Westward Expansion/Tall Tales study, and the kids love this book! Students always choose this book for their self-selected reading time. My class loves Osborne''s Magic Tree House series and finds it a real treat to read another type of book from her.
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6-7 year olds will enjoy the stories, but maybe not the level or reading
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2017
One tall tale was made up and is not the quality of old classic America Tall Tales. The stories are a bit long and big-worded for 6-7 year olds, but would be appreciated by 10 year olds.
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AL
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Really great stories and illustrations
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2018
Fabulous! Bought to go along with the Read Aloud Revival book club. Really great stories and illustrations. Nicely made.
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American Folk Tales
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2012
I bought this book for a Creative Writing Assignment I am doing with a class of 5th graders. I read them one of the stories and then asked them to write their own versions, using one of the characters from several of the other stories. These stories, re-imagined by Mary... See more
I bought this book for a Creative Writing Assignment I am doing with a class of 5th graders. I read them one of the stories and then asked them to write their own versions, using one of the characters from several of the other stories. These stories, re-imagined by Mary Pope Osborne are written in such a way that keeps any age of reader interested. Accompanied by wonderful wood-etched drawings care of Michael McCurdy, it allows a child, who has very little understanding of the way things worked before planes and cars, to get a feel for our early American times and the way these larger than life characters lived.
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don’t buy this
Reviewed in Germany on January 4, 2021
badly written in a very dry and summarized way, not at all like the writer of the Magic Treehouse books. I wonder if it’s possible that there are two different writers with such a name? Total waste of money
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