Pecos is a larger than life character along the lines of Paul Bunyan and John Henry. What is particularly good about this chapter book is the introductory information explaining what a tall tale is and how it may or may not be based on the life of an actual person. Pecos Bill fell off his family's wagon train as they headed west and ended up joining a pack of coyotes who raised him. One day he is found by a cowboy and learns that he is human, but he has abilities beyond any normal person. He rides a mountain lion and uses a rattlesnake as a lasso. He out rides, out snores, out eats and drink everyone and leads a gang of cowboys out on the range. Then one day he meets Sluefoot Sue and his life is changed forever. The story is well told. The illustrations are realistic and depict scenes and people that one would expect to see in the old west.
School Library Journal
Gr 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.