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

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Here is a compilation of stories from every part of the nation from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the lush green hills of Virginia

Thirty-six true, tall, and traditional tales, primarily from the nineteenth century or earlier, selected by a professional storyteller and divided by the region of the United States from which they originated.

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Overview

Here is a compilation of stories from every part of the nation from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the lush green hills of Virginia

Thirty-six true, tall, and traditional tales, primarily from the nineteenth century or earlier, selected by a professional storyteller and divided by the region of the United States from which they originated.

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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.
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Product Details

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Another great book by a favorite author!

    I buy all of Pleasant DeSpain's books because my daughter (now age 12) and I have enjoyed reading them together since she was four. DeSpain's stories are polished versions of folktales, with wisdom and humor.

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