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American Tall Tales

American Tall Tales

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by Mary Pope Osborne; Illustrated by Michael McCurdy

Renowned children's author Mary Pope Osborne's distinguished folklore collection, refreshed for a new generation of readers.

Considered the best collection of tall tales about Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, and other larger-than-life American folk heroes, American Tall Tales is an essential book for every American child, as well as a perennial favorite for classrooms and libraries. The nine wildly exaggerated and downright hilarious stories within this volume will introduce children to the rip-roaring Pecos Bill, the steel-driving John Henry, the cantankerous Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, and more as it paints a portrait of America during its infancy.

In the tradition of the original storytellers, beloved children's author Mary Pope Osborne has combined many iterations of these historic tales with her own two cents, as well as fascinating supplemental historical facts. Evocatively illustrated by Michael McCurdy's colored wood engravings, American Tall Tales is an absolute must-have.

Recommended for readers ages 8-12 years (Grades 3-7).

Hardcover, 128 pages.  8.31 x 11.13".

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

About the Author:

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series as well as co-author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, along with her husband, Will, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.   For more information, visit the Magic Tree House® website at! 


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