Paul Bunyan

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Overview

Who was the largest baby ever born in the state of Maine? Who dug the Great Lakes? Who gouged out the Grand Canyon? Why, Paul Bunyan, of course, America's finest, fastest, funniest lumberman and favorite tall-tale hero.

Recounts the life of the extraordinary lumberjack whose unusual size and strength brought him many fantastic adventures.

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Overview

Who was the largest baby ever born in the state of Maine? Who dug the Great Lakes? Who gouged out the Grand Canyon? Why, Paul Bunyan, of course, America's finest, fastest, funniest lumberman and favorite tall-tale hero.

Recounts the life of the extraordinary lumberjack whose unusual size and strength brought him many fantastic adventures.

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Editorial Reviews

Parent's Choice
...Kellogg dedicates his own substantial talent to enhancing Paul's already sizable reputation. He amply succeeds.
Parent's Choice
. . . Kellogg dedicates his own substantial talent to enhancing Paul's already sizable reputation. He amply succeeds.
Children's Literature
This tall tale was first retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg in 1984 and is now being reissued in paperback. Just as the story of the huge man and his huge blue ox lives on, so do Kellogg's illustrations. Paul Bunyan and Babe are both wide-eyed and innocent, but Paul is always using his amazing powers to solve problems and help folks. In this particular version, he uses his ax to carve the Grand Canyon and fed flapjacks and syrup to the men who leveled the Great Plains and shaved the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The pages are crowded with fun and humor—Paul holding a watermelon as if it were an orange, a line at the outhouse (the gentlemen's outhouse!), a library in a pioneer town, and wonderfully expressive faces for pioneers and ogres alike. Kellogg's retelling provides a marvelous way to share tall tales with short people and encourage youngsters to create their own legendary characters. 2004 (orig. 1984), HarperTrophy, Ages 4 to 8.
—Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688058005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1985
  • Series: Read with Me Series
  • Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 60,947
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    LOVE this endearing version of Paul Bunyan!

    We need more stories like this! This wonderfully illustrated version of the classic story is loads of fun for your kids. It combines the tallest of tales with pictures you kids can look at for hours. It's almost like a Seek and Find book and the detail is incredible. Paul and Blue romp through early America and with their outrageous antics, inadvertantly create the Great Lakes and the Grand Canyon. It's an adorable introduction for young children to the exploration of the west and the geography of North America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    A MUST READ FOLKTALE-I LOVE BABE, THE BLUE OX. MY SON LOVED THE ILLUSTRATIONS AND HOW THEY HELPED EXPLAIN THIS TALL TALE.

    PAUL BUNYAN! A LOVABLE CHARACTER FULL OF FUN AND EVERYTHING LARGER THAN LIFE! MY SON DID A WONDERFUL JOB ON HIS 4TH GRADE BOOK REPORT WITH THIS BOOK. HIS PROJECT OF A LIFE-SIZED (MY SON'S SIZE) PAUL BUNYAN CAME OUT GREAT COMPLETE WITH A RED CHECKED SHIRT, BOOTS AND CURLY BEARD. HE ESPECIALLY LIKED THE WAY BABE, THE BLUE OX, NEVER LOST HIS COLOR EVEN AFTER HE WARMED UP FROM BEING IN THE BLIZZARD. HE NOW UNDERSTANDS WHAT A FOLKTALE MEANS AND IS EXCITED ABOUT READING MORE. LOOKING AT PANCAKES MADE ON A GRIDDLE THAT WAS GREASED BY LITTLE MEN WITH BACON TIED ONTO THE BOTTOM OF THEIR FEET WAS ESPECIALLY FUNNY. AND THE WAY THE MEN TOOK A BALLOON UP TO THEIR BUNKS AND A PARACHUTE DOWN WAS ONE OF HIS FAVORITE PARTS. TAKING A PINE TREE TO COMB HIS BEARD MADE HIM SMILE. WHAT A CONCEPT! GREAT FUN EASY TO READ BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    I grew up with this story

    The lumberjack who dug the Great Lakes and the Grand Canyon and who is an American mythical hero. Don't let this story die out and read it to your kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    ;D

    omg, i love steven kellog and i love this book!! it (sigh) is just lovely.

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