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Otis Steele and the Taileebone!: A Southern Tall Tale
     

Otis Steele and the Taileebone!: A Southern Tall Tale

by Tom McDermott, Jeff Crosby (Illustrator)
 

A trapper gets his comeuppance in this Southern tall tale!

Otis Steele was a hungry old trapper near Uncertain, Texas. One night he cut the tail off a strange creature as it ran away from him, and he fried it up and ate it with gusto. Otis filled his belly and went to bed, but as he lay alone in his cabin, he heard the wind begin to howl. Young

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A trapper gets his comeuppance in this Southern tall tale!

Otis Steele was a hungry old trapper near Uncertain, Texas. One night he cut the tail off a strange creature as it ran away from him, and he fried it up and ate it with gusto. Otis filled his belly and went to bed, but as he lay alone in his cabin, he heard the wind begin to howl. Young readers will chill to the thrills of this rhyming story when the creature returns, looking for his “taileebone.”

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 2–4—This traditional tall tale pulls in readers with the uneasy expectation of the unknown as hungry old trapper Otis Steele grows weary of stale biscuits and decides to make a meal of the tail of a strange creature that enters his cabin. It's a windy night in Uncertain, Texas, with only a silver sliver of a moon, and the darkly mysterious piney-woods swamp creates just the setting for a demonic critter to return in search of what it has lost. "Ta-a-a-i-i-i-l-e-e-e-b-o-n-e?…Don't take what ain't yours. You should have known." A mournfully "low and frightful moan" repeats the refrain, building suspense and hints of what is to come, while painted illustrations with a deeply warm palette and a touch of comic exaggeration bring Otis and his dogs to life. Even a lowly bluetick hound knows not to stick around for the horrific ending of this tale. A perfectly eerie read-aloud with just the right touch of Texas twang and hauntingly descriptive illustrations to match its deep Southern narrative tradition, this is a welcome addition and an excellent example of the genre for the classroom.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455617364
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/29/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Tom McDermott is a singer, speaker, and storyteller who has performed in festivals across the country and abroad. His work has been published in Storytelling Magazine, and he has received numerous awards, including first place in storytelling at the National Irish Storytelling Contest and the John Henry Faulk Award. McDermott is also the creator of Keep the Beat, a performance-based program that teaches children rhythmic skills using everyday items. A United Methodist minister, he earned a master of divinity, with a concentration in pastoral counseling, from Brite Divinity School. McDermott lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff Crosby is a writer and illustrator who teaches at the Museum of Fine Arts Austin. In 2008, he was selected as a ForeWord Juvenile Nonfiction Book of the Year Gold Medal recipient for Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds, which he co-wrote and illustrated with his wife, Shelley Ann Jackson. His artwork has appeared in Scholastic Magazine and the New York Times. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, and is a member of several art associations, including the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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