The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

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The legendary woodsman Paul Bunyan was the biggest man who ever lived. He had wagon wheels for shirt buttons, and his double-edged axe took an entire town a whole month to build! One day, Paul finds a big blue ox frozen in the snow. He nurses the behemoth back to health, and names his new companion Babe. As the two travel the land, they clear the way and make it safe for all the settlers who will soon follow. But soon, Babe and Paul meet something that won't bend so easily to their will — Old Man Winter! Paul and...
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Overview

The legendary woodsman Paul Bunyan was the biggest man who ever lived. He had wagon wheels for shirt buttons, and his double-edged axe took an entire town a whole month to build! One day, Paul finds a big blue ox frozen in the snow. He nurses the behemoth back to health, and names his new companion Babe. As the two travel the land, they clear the way and make it safe for all the settlers who will soon follow. But soon, Babe and Paul meet something that won't bend so easily to their will — Old Man Winter! Paul and Babe must defeat the frozen fiend, or everyone will have to suffer through never-ending winter.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
The tall tale of Paul Bunyan is hilariously retold in graphic novel format, giving new life to the story of the biggest woodsmen who ever lived. In this retelling, Paul wears wagon wheels for shirt buttons, hires seven assistant woodsmen, all named Elmer, and pulls his companion, Babe, the blue ox, out of a frozen pond. He nurses Babe back to health and the two enormous pals make their way across the United States. Paul and Babe walk through Minnesota, and the footprints they leave become the state's famous ten thousand lakes. In the Tennessee hills, Paul stops to smoke his pipe, and the hills become known as the Smoky Mountains. In the far south, Paul and Babe help the residents rid themselves of "bee-skeeters," which create the giant southern bayous. Finally, the two visit the desert, start roughhousing, and make the Grand Canyon. On their way back home, Paul wrestles with Old Man Winter, who has Minnesota completely buried in snow. Paul holds up Old Man Winter closer to the sun, where Old Man Winter melts and becomes Lake Superior. This loony depiction of the quintessential American tall tale is fun, funny, and likely to get the most reluctant reader more interested in both American history and geography. Also included in the book are a glossary, writing prompts, and discussion questions. It is recommended for ages 8 and up. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434218971
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Graphic Spin Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 684,371
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Blecha was raised by a school of slimy, yet gooey, giant squids in Wisconsin. Since then, Blecha has been working for more than ten years as an illustrator and designer for a hodgepodge of fun clients in the animation, publishing, toy, and entertainment industries. After many years in San Francisco, he now calls London his home.

Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.

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