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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823418375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823418374
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,407,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—Using the tallest of tall-tale language and exaggeration, Miller weaves a bouncing tale of how Davy Crockett and Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind met. Seems Davy got a burr stuck on his pants, and that had him hopping right into a dance in her honor. His leaping and cavorting to dislodge the bothersome sticker made Sally Ann jealous of his dancing prowess. Not one to shy away, she leaped onto the floor with Davy, where they proceeded to outlast all the dancers and fiddlers, and they mashed potatoes, stomped apples into sauce, and created a fine chicken-and-dumpling stew. The result was that the two got hitched. Citing and inspired by earlier books on the legends of Davy Crockett, Miller uses broad strokes to magnify her characters. While the use of antic adjectives ("bodacious," "toothiferous," "voraciferous") is in keeping with the tall-tale tradition, their abundance can be grating at times and slows the story's pace. The busy cartoon oils feature an early American setting and a frolicking cast. This retelling of the courtship of two legendary icons can be enjoyed by younger readers and will be useful for units on tall tales for older students.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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About the Author

Megan Lloyd has illustrated many fine books for children, including "Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White and "The Gingerbread Man" by Eric A. Kimmel. For this book she painted in the very old medium of egg tempera to capture the flatter style of nineteenth-century itinerant limners. She lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband, near where this book was set.

Bobbi Miller has always enjoyed American folklore. Paul Bunyan is one of her favorite folktale characters. She lives in Ashford, Connecticut, where she teaches writing. This is her second book for Holiday House.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica Kulling on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
DAVY CROCKETT GETS HITCHED by Bobbi Miller

"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee./The greenest state in the land of the free./Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree./Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier."

Remember the TV series about Davy Crockett? How about the Disney movie? Well if you don''t know about Davy Crockett, this is your chance to meet the intrepid mountain-man. In Bobbi Miller''s beautifully written DAVY CROCKETT GETS HITCHED you will learn that Davy Crockett is '"half horse, half alligator, and slightly touched with snapping turtle"' and that 'by the time he was full grown, he could "outrun a comet, outscreech an eagle, outsneak a raccoon, and outboast a politician.'" By the end of the story, Davy can add accomplished hoofer to his list of attributes. And all thanks to a burr that gets caught in his britches and makes him a stomping marvel of a dancer.

In Bobbi Miller''s rollicking tale, Davy Crockett is a high-stepping, slap-happy dancer who keeps on dancing (due to the burr) and, in the process, manages to meet his love-match, Miss Sally Ann. The young lady in question is also high stepping and slap-happy, and, more than that, 'no one has ever out-danced Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind!' And they''re not about to either. Miss Sally Ann has a few moves that give the reader, and ole Davy, pause. She waltzes over to the pickle barrel and topples it over. Pickles are Davy''s favorite and, since he''s worked up a 'voraciferous hunger,' the pickles are just the ticket! Then Miss Sally Ann topples the apple barrel and a sack of potatoes resulting in Davy''s stomping them both into applesauce and mashed potatoes. There''s sure to be a feast for all once the dancing dies down!
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Davy Crockett was a legendary man with who was so strong he could pick up a bear and he'd been known to whip "his weight in wildcat." He was a woodsman in a place that was as big and wild as he was. Of course it was said that he was so big that he "stood as tall as a tree" at the age of six. He was a great hunter and could outshoot anyone who would dare to challenge him, but there was one challenge that would be hard to win and that was to outdance Miss Sally Ann thunder Ann Whirlwind. They came far and wide to court her and Davy had to go see what was up.

"Plink, plink, plink!" The fiddlers were at it and many "handsome and not-so-handsome" boys were strutting their stuff dancing around the barn. Davy thought he'd sit on a bench and watch the dance, but when he sat down on a nasty old burr he'd caught on his britches cutting through the woods, he was up yowling and dancing with the best of them. "Yahooo-ooo-ooo!" Miss Sally Ann was holding up her bright red skirt with one hand and her apron with another, whirling and twirling around the barn. The dance went into the night. Some of the boys were dropping like flies and even a fiddler had to lay down his instrument. Was the legendary Davy going to create another legend by outdancing Miss Sally Ann or would she get the best of him?

This is a tall tale that a few youngsters just might want to delve into a bit further to check out the facts. The story was fun and vibrant. Davy was a whirling dervish in this tale who found his match in Miss Sally Ann. I liked the liveliness of the tale and the colorful artwork certainly added to the overall humor and merriment that just emanated from the pages. If you enjoy tall tales and American legendary characters like Davy Crockett, you might just want to add this whopper to your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Davy Crockett Gets Hitched" is a splendiferous tall tale of the star-crossed meeting of Davy Crockett and his true love, Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, a sweetly gal so special she can "run like a shooting star, jump rainbow high, and out whistle the wind," not to mention out dance every suitor in the big woods of the frontier. Fortunately her eye is caught and dazzled by the high-jinks of our hero, who outdoes himself in his dancing thanks to a burr in his behind that inspires him to new heights! "Davy Crockett Gets Hitched" takes tall tales to a whole new plane. The oil painted illustrations are full of vim and vinegar and just plain high spirits! Children ages 7-11 will love "Davy Crockett Gets Hitched" and will be inspired to read other books in the genre and in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
DAVY CROCKETT GETS HITCHED is a delightful folktale retold by Bobbi Miller and illustrated by Megan Lloyd. It's full of marvelous images ("The moon was so full of itself, it was skipping across the sky in time to the tune."), words and phrases that bring the frontier alive (sit a spell, vittles, bodacious), and enough exaggeration to make a reader hoot and holler! When in "sashayed the splendiferous Miss Sally Ann" to dance with Davy as three fiddlers "plink, plink, plink," things get even more hilarious. Does Davy stand a chance at winning her hand with "handsome and the not-so-handsome boys" vying for her attention? Read it to find out! Best for ages three to ten, though all ages will love the rhythm of the language and the spirited illustrations.
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