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The Bunyans Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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One of the rootin'-est, tootin'-est, riproarin'-est heroes of American tall tales is given a whole new lease on life as Wood imagines an entire family of Bunyans. When Paul, the legendary lumberjack, meets Carrie McIntie, a giantess "banging a behemoth pickax against a wall," it's love at first sight. They produce two children, a "jumbo boy" named Little Jean and a "gigantic girl" named Teeny. Wood (The Napping House) exuberantly blends outrageous exaggeration with fantastical geography lessons: Pa Bunyan scoops out Niagara Falls to enable Teeny to shower an infestation of pesky bears from her maple syrup-ridden hair; Ma Bunyan creates Old Faithful by poking holes in Wyoming with her pickax to release hot water for the laundry and dishes; and so on. Shannon (The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza) joins Wood in this rollicking ride with archly humorous illustrations. Who can resist a retired Ma and Pa Bunyan, for example, dressed in leisure wear and playing croquet in the desert? Author and artist clearly had fun here, and readers undoubtedly will, too. Ages 4-9.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-A rollicking original extension of Paul Bunyan's tale. Paul meets a gigantic woman, and he and Carrie are soon married. Two oversize children arrive and play a important role in the formation of many of America's natural wonders: Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon, and Big Sur, among others. The Rocky Mountains are attributed to Ma Bunyan's efforts to keep the children from wandering off too far, and Old Faithful to her desire for a regular supply of hot water when they camp in Wyoming. Grown up, Little Jean gets restless and leaps up into space. Wood captures the tongue-in-cheek tone and the exaggeration bordering on the ridiculous that characterize American tall tales yet all the while making the Bunyans seem like an all-American family. The story begins in the Victorian era and ends in modern times, which reinforces its absurdity since these natural wonders are not products of recent history. Shannon's realistic, full-color paintings provide a counterpoint to the text, serving to make it seem almost believable. The artist's figures are large and solid and he judiciously puts normal sized people and animals in them to remind readers just how big the Bunyans are. Extensions of folktales are popular now, and this book is a fine contribution to the genre.
Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590480898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590480895
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood.
She lives in Hawaii.

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!

My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.

On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.

www.Audreywood.com

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Format: Hardcover
The point our readers need to know is that most school age children have never heard of Paul Bunyan and Babe The Blue Ox. Today's generations are "FROZEN" watching Star Wars and Wreck It Ralph. Very entertaining stuff, but most of the current books and movies that I have taken my two grand daughters to or read to them about, fall short in terms of stimulating one's imagination.

Paul Bunyan and Babe are very big on stirring the imagination. And their tales always entertain. And most of these books can be ordered at such a reasonable price. You can actually build a library of 10 hard back books for under $75. Now that's a bargain.

So, what's holding you up from placing your order today before the world rediscovers the Tales Of Paul Bunyan and Babe The Blue Ox. Then watch the interest and prices rise. You will become a hero in your own time and your kids will think you to be very wise when it comes to selecting exciting and entertaining readings. My first and second graders think I hung the moon when I read to them the adventures of Paul and Babe. They think me to be very wise indeed.
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By dhicks on April 23, 2013
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The Bunyans are fun to read,the pictures are fun to look at and they're awesome to have for any age.But make sure you never ever misplace this book because then you will have to rebuy it again and that's not good so do not ever misplace your copy if you get this book because you may never get this book again so that's why you must keep your first copy safe forever and take good care of it.You must always take care of your things and never misplace them ever because that's bad but I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars because this book is fun to read and it has awesome pictures in it.
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By A Customer on March 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
It's a short book...great to read to kids.

Just when you thought you'd heard it all about Paul Bunyan you find out about the accomplishments of his wife and children. For example: you've heard of Mammoth cave? Well.......... And what about when the kids are grown and Paul can retire??

And please. Don't look at the last page until you've read the whole book especially if you're interested in astronomy.
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By A Customer on April 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
What a lot of people don`t know is that Paul Bunyan had a wife and two kids .His wife`s name is Carrie and their kids are Little Jean, the boy, and Tenny, the girl. The Bunyans have lots of adventures . They make a lot of landmarks
along the way like the Big Sur and the Rocky
Mountains. I love the book. I like the book because they keep on making landmarks. I also
like how the pictures show proportion.
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By Mparker on March 26, 2013
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I love this version of the childhood favorite Paul Bunyan. Audrey Wood brings the characters to life in this delightful tale. The beautiful illustrations grab the attention of children and bring the story to life. I love Audrey Wood books.
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By DeeGee on November 3, 2013
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My son loved this book. It kept his attention and was fun to read with him, especially since his grandparents live in northern Minnesota which claims to be the home of Paul and Babe. Well written and fun illustrations.
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