Pecos Bill Tames a Colossal Cyclone

Pecos Bill Tames a Colossal Cyclone

by Eric Braun, Lisa K. Weber
     
 

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Ever hear of a feller named Pecos Bill? They say he fell off his family's covered wagon and was raised by wolves! But did you know that Pecos Bill once tamed a colossal cyclone from rippin' up the West? Kick off yer boots and listen to this fascinatin' tale of Pecos Bill.

Overview

Ever hear of a feller named Pecos Bill? They say he fell off his family's covered wagon and was raised by wolves! But did you know that Pecos Bill once tamed a colossal cyclone from rippin' up the West? Kick off yer boots and listen to this fascinatin' tale of Pecos Bill.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
According to tall tales told around campfires when cowboys were herding cattle from place to another, coyotes raised Pecos Bill after being bumped out of his family’s wagon as they headed further west. The family was huge and noisy, so nobody missed him until it was too late to find where he’d fallen out. But the star his momma had tattooed on his arm helped one of his brothers find him and he taught Bill to be a cowboy. Several years later, Pecos Bill lassoes and rides a colossal cyclone—or tornado if you wish—until it plum wore out after roaring through several states and starting the Grand Canyon. Bill saves the day and the area by taming the cyclone and making it release all the water it was carrying. Part of the “American Folk Legends” series, the book has a glossary, bibliography and short explanation of cowboy life and how “tall tales” came to be. The illustrations are a bit outlandish, but that’s as it should be for a tall tale. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 6 to 10.
School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 3–5—Sandwiched between historical notes that provide both general context and biographical details, these retold legends give four (male) folktale heroes a chance to strut their stuff. The tales, spun in mildly colloquial language ("Oh Lordy, was John Henry a mighty fine babe!") are illustrated with equally mild cartoon caricatures and feature Davy Crockett wrestling a giant 'gator, Pecos Bill carving out the Grand Canyon atop a tornado, John Henry doing several good deeds before taking on that steam drill, and Johnny Appleseed rescuing injured animals as he makes his seed sowing rounds. Each volume concludes with boilerplate notes on tropes common to American folktales, a pair of Common Core—specific study questions, and a brief bibliography. Though other versions of these stories aren't hard to find, the background material will give both general readers and folklore enthusiasts a broader perspective on the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479554461
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
653,532
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Braun has written more than one hundred books for kids and teens, including many about sports. He coaches youth baseball and soccer, has two sports-loving sons, and has suffered many disappointments as a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Lisa K. Weberhas been making art for kid’s books, comics, and cartoons since graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2000. Her whimsically twisted illustrations have appeared in several publications, including The Ogre of Oglefort, and The Sisters 8, both Junior Library Guild selections, as well as The Bremen Town Musicians and the Hocus Pocus Hotel series from Capstone. She has contributed character designs and storyboards for Nickelodeon, Curious Pictures, and PBS Kids. Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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