American Tall Tales and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

American Tall Tales Hardcover – September 24, 1991


See all 15 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, September 24, 1991
$31.25 $1.33
Multimedia CD
"Please retry"
100%20Children%27s%20Books%20to%20Read%20in%20a%20Lifetime

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Step into a World of Adventure: The bestselling Magic Tree House series makes history fun by taking you right there, whether it's to France in the Middle Ages, the prairies of America, the moon, or beyond.


Frequently Bought Together

American Tall Tales + D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 24, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679800891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679800897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

American folk heroes of the 19th century spring to life in these splendidly retold sagas. Osborne's reputation as a gifted raconteur ( Favorite Greek Myths ; Beauty and the Beast ) is reaffirmed in this compendium, which retells the legends of familiar figures (Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill), as well as lesser known personalities, such as Crockett's fictional wife Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, a composite character shaped by tales of various real-life women. Also chronicled are heroes hailing from places other than the backwoods, including Stormalong, a giant sailor who as a baby was washed onto a Cape Cod beach by a tidal wave, and Mose, a New York City fireman immortalized in an 1848 Broadway play. As tantalizing as Osborne's storytelling are McCurdy's ( The Owl-Scatterer ) elaborate, full-color wood engravings, which in their robust stylization dramatically render the grandeur of these engrossing yarns. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-- This strikingly handsome, oversized volume presents nine all-American figures whose overblown exploits take them from coast to coast and through all manner of occupations and preoccupations. Osborne has chosen familiar fictitious characters--Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Febold Feboldson--and actual people, such as Johnny Appleseed and Davy Crockett, and relates episodes that stress the individuals' human weaknesses as well as strengths. She has melded several legendary characters into a single heroine, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, who more than holds her own in such grand company. The rip-roaring action, broad humor, and colorful language of the convention are all here, but the violence is kept to a minimum and the laughs aren't at anyone's expense, except perhaps the subjects, who feel rather foolish on occasion. McCurdy's intricate wood engravings tinted with watercolor equal their tall task. He sets these larger-than-life folk on majestic landscapes brimming with energy, rich with wildlife and local color. The author's thoughtful introduction and notes round out this superlative offering. It's "the whole steamboat!" --Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

Amazon Author Rankbeta 

(What's this?)
#79 Overall (See top 100 authors)
#79 in Books
#79 in Books

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for a grandchild.
Wolf
Was perfect for my own kids and a classroom of 1st graders.
Sarah
Great book, using it for a book report!
Loves to Read

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Whitman on August 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I remember loving these stories when I was a kid. I decided to purchase a collection to re-read, and with my nephews coming for a visit, thought it would be perfect read-aloud material. I received the book a few days before their arrival, looked at the Introduction, and sent it back the next day. I was saddened, but not surprised to see political correctness creeping into even these classics. The author decided that there were items in these old stories that run contrary to our modern sensibilities, such as "conquering nature" and I suppose some issues involving minorities, so she decided to leave out certain things and emphasize the "compassionate side" (author's words) of these tall tale heroes. And of course she had to concoct a female tall tale character (sally windy whirlwind, or something like that) to complete the picture. Look, these stories were written and/or passed down from long ago. Yes, peoples' sensibilities were different. Yes, there are parts of these stories, and so many others, that are, how shall we say, not sensitive to the feelings of some individuals. But that's the way they were written, and that's the way they were told. Come to grips with it. I wonder how this author would react if someone censored her writings? I'll bet we can all guess.
11 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Boller on July 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I would give this book 4 stars for the ease and convenience of having most of the major American folk tales and heroes in one volume, but I would have to give it 3 stars for readability and interest. These stories are actually much more interesting than this book makes them.

I think that perhaps the author, in trying to combine as many different original sources as possible for each story, ended up forsaking style for thoroughness.

Tall tales, when done well, have much more poetic flow than Osborne's do. I thought I was perhaps being too picky, but the fact that my two kids (both story lovers and avid readers) were COMPLETELY uninterested in the stories in this book validates what I had concluded - this volume is pretty much uninspired.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wolf on January 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a grandchild. I grew up with the stories and want to share them and the characters with him. Who hasn't heard of at least one of the characters in the book: Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett?

The writing style will be easily understood by children in early elementary. The really exceptional part of this book is the Foreward. It easily and clearly explains how the stories in the book have become part of our US cultural heritage without needing to be an educator to understand it.

I highly recommend it to anyone considering this type of book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Harris on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Varying collection of tall tales. Used it for my 5th graders to access Common Core standards by boosting a curriculum-mandated tall tale to a compare/contrast assignments using these tales. The tall tales are a good length for the students to read and discuss on their own. I also recommend it for 4th grade teachers when they investigate the different American regions. Large (but not huge) text makes it good for copying to use w/ the students
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Was perfect for my own kids and a classroom of 1st graders. Loved the pictures too, it helped the kids see the work come to life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on March 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great introduction to some old American tales that you probably remember reading as a kid yourself. Both my 10 year old son and 6 year old daughter were doubled over with laughter at some of the antics of these legendary characters. The illustrations give the stories a rustic feel. I would definitely recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David0001 on March 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book has nine tales, but Osborne has written every story in the exact same manner. Am I reading a tale about Davy Crocket or Pecos Bill? Hard to tell, because the style of every tale is mind-numbingly identical. Hard to believe that someone could make tales about Johnny Appleseed and John Henry boring.

And the fake American Tall Tale called "Sally Ann" that Osborne invented (apparently to have a female tale for the feminists) is junk -- basically identical to Davy Crocket with only the name changed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on April 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My grandson enjoys the stories in this book. It has all the folk lore from my childhood. Good old stories.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?