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Mike Fink Paperback – May 27, 1998


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From Publishers Weekly

One of the tall tales in the series that began with Paul Bunyan, this merry book features Fink, grizzly-bear wrestler and King of the Mississippi River Keelboatmen. "Kellogg's antic style is as engaging as ever," said PW. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-- Kellogg retells some of the many legends about the rough and tumble keelboatman's younger days. He captures the energy and largeness of this tall-tale hero through the use of vernacular speech and in illustrations that can never quite contain the action within their borders. This version steers away from the negative stereotyping of women and American Indians that crop up in older tellings. Another hit in a series that does a wonderful job of introducing young children to America's folklore heroes.
- Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688135773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688135775
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the same energy, humor and clarity found in his 50 books, David wows audiences at schools around the United States and beyond. David is an accomplished storyteller and a master at getting kids to think and have fun at the same time. His presentations lead children on entertaining and educational journeys that combine math, science, reading and writing. David also gives keynote presentations and workshops for educators at professional conferences.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
MIke Fink is a story with lots of surprises and great pictures.Mike was able to do many things that seemed impossible. If you want to read about a boy who was determined to get what he wanted, this is the book for you.Our whole class really liked hearing this story.
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Format: Paperback
With "Mike Fink," author and illustrator Steve Kellogg gathers up in one story all the classic elements of an American tall tale: rasslin' with bears, lifting boats over one's head, leaping across great divides, kicking out the slats in one's cradle, and more.
Mike Fink is a young man with a lot to prove and a good heart. Kellogg endows him with burly good looks and a great big smile, even as he has to twist a few arms to get attention paid to his exploits. The cartoon-like illustrations are colorful and boisterous, which perfectly suits the rhythm of the text. Lots of fun for any kid who enjoys tall tales (especially tall tales with a Mark Twainesque flavor, as this has rivers and steamboats a-plenty!).
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By K. Avery on September 3, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love reading this book to myself but i'm waiting to read it to my son. I've always loved Steven Kellogg's illustrations and can't wait for my son to be able to really see all the details in the pages. Plus I want to broaden his creative side and Mike Fink is the way to do that.
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By P. Smith on August 15, 2011
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I love all of these Steven Kellogg American folk tales. Amazing illustrations and fun stories that were meant to be passed down.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gail Martini (gcmartin@aa.net) on July 30, 1998
Format: Library Binding
It is clear that this is a tall tale as Mike runs away from home at age two days. The illustrations are very well done. BUT Mike Fink was a real person, and I would prefer a real story about the real character instead of this yarn. Kellogg could have made up a character and told the same story. It has nothing to do with the real Mike Fink.
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