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Sweet Land of Story: Thirty-Six American Tales to Tell
     

Sweet Land of Story: Thirty-Six American Tales to Tell

by Pleasant DeSpain
 

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This unique collection of American stories from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the lush green hills of Virginia; from the sweltering bayous of Louisiana to the windswept prairies of South Dakota is told in DeSpain's signature gentle style. Every reader will find something of interest - the stories range from practical tales of wisdom such as “Pulling the

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This unique collection of American stories from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the lush green hills of Virginia; from the sweltering bayous of Louisiana to the windswept prairies of South Dakota is told in DeSpain's signature gentle style. Every reader will find something of interest - the stories range from practical tales of wisdom such as “Pulling the Rope” to silly and scary ones such as “The Haint that Roared” and “The Big, Smelly, Hairy Toe.” The stories' represent not only the geographic diversity of the United States but also offer a portrait of our nation's character, values, beliefs, and customs that differ from region to region yet retain a fundamental sense of shared community.

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Children's Literature
Young readers will love to hear the story, "The Big, Smelly, Hairy Toe," a tale from North Carolina. It tells of a man who travels through the woods near his house one day and digs for fish bait. While digging, he discovers a smelly, hairy toe half buried in a muddy hole. He picks up the toe and brings it home with him. What follows is an encounter that will keep youngsters entertained and older readers laughing for days. The stories are indexed by the area from which they originate. Thirty-six stories are included. Some stories are familiar, like Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed, but most are new. This is an excellent addition to any regional collection. 2000, August House,
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Teachers and librarians who are doing storytelling projects will love these folktales that are suitable for telling by anyone over the age of eight. Some are DeSpain's versions of well-known classics, such as "Poor Tail-eee-poe" from Kentucky and "Saint Johnny of the Apple Orchards" from Ohio. All are arranged by region. None of the selections is more than five pages long; all are easy to learn and are appropriate for audiences as young as preschool age. Notes explain how the reteller discovered each story, as well as sources for other versions.-Marlyn K. Roberts, Torrance Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874836004
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,395,973
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Pleasant DeSpain Bio: Pleasant DeSpain has a most unusual but true name and an equally unusual but true profession – writer and storyteller. He travels the world collecting, researching, writing and retelling traditional tales from native cultures. Born in Colorado, he wrote his first original story at age eight. It was published as “The Mystery Artist” in 1996. Pleasant taught speech-literature-drama for six years at three universities, and wrote-produced-hosted an award-winning TV show called “Pleasant Journeys” on KING TV, Seattle. Now, the author of eighteen award-winning, multicultural story collections and picture books, published by August House, has a home in Troy, NY and frequently travels to spend extended periods of time in Thailand. Pleasant continues to travel the world having amazing adventures. While living in Thailand he has continued to collect more stories and is working on a new book.

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