Otis Steele and the Taileebone!: A Southern Tall Tale

Otis Steele and the Taileebone!: A Southern Tall Tale

by Tom McDermott, Jeff Crosby
     
 

"Don't take what ain't yours . . . just because it was lying there," teaches the mysterious creature in this eerie Southern tall tale. A hungry trapper learns his lesson when he eats the tail of a furry animal with glowing eyes and long, sharp claws, and the creature returns, looking for his taileebone. Otis hides under the covers when there is a strange moaning in…  See more details below

Overview

"Don't take what ain't yours . . . just because it was lying there," teaches the mysterious creature in this eerie Southern tall tale. A hungry trapper learns his lesson when he eats the tail of a furry animal with glowing eyes and long, sharp claws, and the creature returns, looking for his taileebone. Otis hides under the covers when there is a strange moaning in the wind outside and a creepy hole appears suddenly in the cabin wall. When the animal sneaks into Otis's bed at night, the trapper disappears from his cabin without a trace. From start to finish, this is a hair-raising tale about what becomes of Otis and his furry dinner guest.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 2–4—This traditional tall tale pulls in readers with the uneasy expectation of the unknown as hungry old trapper Otis Steele grows weary of stale biscuits and decides to make a meal of the tail of a strange creature that enters his cabin. It's a windy night in Uncertain, Texas, with only a silver sliver of a moon, and the darkly mysterious piney-woods swamp creates just the setting for a demonic critter to return in search of what it has lost. "Ta-a-a-i-i-i-l-e-e-e-b-o-n-e?…Don't take what ain't yours. You should have known." A mournfully "low and frightful moan" repeats the refrain, building suspense and hints of what is to come, while painted illustrations with a deeply warm palette and a touch of comic exaggeration bring Otis and his dogs to life. Even a lowly bluetick hound knows not to stick around for the horrific ending of this tale. A perfectly eerie read-aloud with just the right touch of Texas twang and hauntingly descriptive illustrations to match its deep Southern narrative tradition, this is a welcome addition and an excellent example of the genre for the classroom.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455617364
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >