Tales with a Texas Twist: Original Stories and Enduring Folklore from the Lone Star State

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Everything is bigger in Texas . . .

including the myths and legends. In this engaging folklore collection, award-winning storyteller Donna Ingham introduces you to the larger-than-life characters who help define the Lone Star State. Meet Pecos Bill, who used a rattlesnake as a rope; Mollie Bailey, a circus pioneer and Civil War spy; Bigfoot Wallace, a retired lawman who called his rifle Sweet Lips; and others whose lives are a fascinating mix ...

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Overview

Everything is bigger in Texas . . .

including the myths and legends. In this engaging folklore collection, award-winning storyteller Donna Ingham introduces you to the larger-than-life characters who help define the Lone Star State. Meet Pecos Bill, who used a rattlesnake as a rope; Mollie Bailey, a circus pioneer and Civil War spy; Bigfoot Wallace, a retired lawman who called his rifle Sweet Lips; and others whose lives are a fascinating mix of fact and fiction.

Ingham also recasts myths from other cultures, giving them the Texas twist that only a native could (did you know that Cupid was a mama's boy?), and shares some of the original tales that earned her the title of Biggest Liar in Austin three years running.

Complemented by Paul G. Hoffman's inspired illustrations, these stories are sure to entertain readers of all ages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762738991
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Ingham leads workshops and training sessions on storytelling and has taught storytelling classes at the University of Texas in Austin. Her repertoire includes original stories and tales based on history, folklore, and outrageous lies. She has five audio recordings and is listed as a Texas Touring Artist by the Texas Commission on the Arts and a Heartland Arts Fund Regional Artist through the Mid-America Arts Alliance. As a humorist and folklorist, she takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist to entertain audiences of all ages. She lives in Spicewood, Texas, with her husband, Jerry, and has one son, Christopher.

Artist Paul G. Hoffman has illustrated books of many genres, including the Globe Pequot Spooky series. For this title he recalled the storybooks of his childhood.

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From "Cupid Was a Mama's Boy"
Cupid was a mama's boy. He was. If you've read any of the stories about him, you'll remember he was always doing the bidding of his mama, Venus, who just happened to be, of course, the goddess of love.
These days we see Cupid as a fat little naked boy-child with a toy bow and arrow who's full of mischief, flying around shooting people and making them fall in love with one another. But he wasn't always that way. No sir. When some Roman fellow—Lucius Apuleius, his name was—wrote about Cupid back in century ought-two A.D., he made him a perfectly handsome young man. But he was still a mama's boy.
One day, you see, his mama called him in and said, "Son, I've got a job for you."
"Yes ma'am," Cupid said. You would go far to find a boy that was any more agreeable.
"There's this girl named Psyche," Venus said, "the king over yonder's youngest daughter. They say she's pretty enough to make a man plow through a stump, and I just can't take the competition. Why, folks have stopped coming to my temples and lighting fires in the altars. They're all over at the king's place fairly worshipping this mere mortal of a girl-destined to get old and ugly and die some day, but I can't wait. So here's what I want you to do . . ."

From "The Life and Times of Pecos Bill"
Way back, when little Bill was just a baby, his ma and his pa decided it was getting a might too crowded where they were because some new neighbors had moved in just a mere hundred miles away. So they loaded everything they owned into one of those Conestoga wagons—one of those covered wagons—and headed west with little Bill and his sixteen brothers and sisters in the back.
Some folks say little Bill was having a fine time bouncing along in the back of that wagon when he just bounced right out as the wagon was crossing the Pecos River. Others say no, that's not right. What happened was that Bill decided as long as they were crossing a river, he'd just throw him a fishing line in and see if he couldn't catch something. Sure enough, one of those big old Texas catfish came along, grabbed Bill's line, and jerked him into the river. Well, whichever way it happened, there he sat on the banks of the Pecos River watching his whole family still moving west. They didn't even miss him for several weeks until they finally took a head count.
Meanwhile, Bill was about lower than a gopher hole, and his prospects didn't look too good. . . .

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Table of Contents

Tales with a Texas Twist: Original Stories and Enduring Folklore from the Lone Star State

Table of Contents

Lone Star Storytelling [Introduction]
1. The Myth of Cora Persephone
2. Cupid Was a Mama's Boy
3. The Coming of the Bluebonnet
4. The Ghost at Hornsby's Bend
5. The Legend of El Muerto
6. Lobo Girl of Devil's River
7. The Ghost Light on Bailey's Prairie
8. The Babe of the Alamo
9. Yellow Rose of Texas
10. The White Comanche of the Plains
11. Sam Bass, the Texas Robin Hood
12. The Story Behind the Story
13. Mollie Bailey Was a Spy
14. Arizona Bill
15. Diamond Bill
16. Bigfoot Wallace and the Hickory Nuts
17. The Life and Times of Pecos Bill
18. The Meandering Melon
19. One Turkey-Power
20. The Texan and the Blue Lambs
21. The Texan and the Grass Hut
22. The Story of the Three Bubbas
23. Teeny Tangerine Twirling Rope
24. Pedro y El Diablo
25. The Old Woman and the Robbers
26. Pretty Polly and Mr. Fox
27. Br'er Rabbit's Share Cropping
28. Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Coon, and the Frogs

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