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Children's LiteratureThe "Imagination Series-Tall Tales" spotlights fabled American heroes famed for their larger-than-life exploits. Stormalong, born with sea water in his veins, weighed four tons when he was only twelve. His adventures aboard sailing ships took him from the Antarctic (frozen in for a whole winter) to waters where he subdued a mighty white whale. While captaining the enormous vessel Courser, Stormy slid through the Straits of Dover only by coating the hull with soap, thereby turning the Black Cliffs white. These are just a few of the tales told of the legendary sea-farer, but a good selection for this beginning chapter book cum picture book. Although the salty language may be confusing for inexperienced sailors, there's a glossary to help, a map showing the cliffs, and a recipe for tasty tuna sandwiches (Stormy himself grew up on ostrich eggs and barrels of clam chowder). The text is jaunty, but simple enough to be read by some beginning readers, most confident ones, and enjoyed by even younger listeners. Illustrations aren't subtle, but they're big and full of movement (making them useful for a read-aloud), showing a determined Stormalong with wavy blond hair and bright blue eyes. The best one depicts the frozen sailing ship surrounded by icy mountains while a huge, mysterious eye peers through a hole in the ice. This tale could lead to further research on sea lore or make an attractive introduction to thematic units on tall tales, sailing ships, or storytelling. Index and bibliography are included. 2004, Compass Point, Ages 5 to 9.
—Barbara L. Talcroft