Children's LiteratureThe book is from the "On My Own" series, folklore. Stephen Krensky goes into more details than most retellings of the tall tale about Paul Bunyan. The book is divided into chapters: "Growing Up," "Starting Out," "The Year of Two Winters," and "Moving On." The richly colored illustrations give a sense of seriousness to this tale, especially in the chapters about Paul working as a lumberjack. At the beginning of the book there is an explanation about tall tales and how and why they were created. There is also a description of folklore. At the back of the book there is a list of web sites and books so the reader can learn more about tall tales, folklore, and the traditional life of lumberjacks and loggers. Other books in this series are: Calamity Jane, John Henry, Casey Jones, Mike Fink, and Pecos Bill. This book is a great supplement to the reading curriculum when studying about fact and fiction. Children who loved hearing about Paul Bunyan when they were younger will be glad to read more about him on their own with this book. 2007, Lerner Publishing Group, Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-4-These easy readers introduce tall-tale characters from American history. Each two-page opener discusses the nature of folklore and tall tales and is identical from book to book except for a few opening paragraphs devoted to the figure profiled. With simple vocabulary and some dialogue, Krensky gives children a feeling for the characters as well as the flavor of the time and the story's setting. Full-page or full-spread paintings illustrate the texts. Solid purchases.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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