From the Set American Tall Tales
Based on a real person, this tall tale tells the story of legendary train engineer Casey Jones and his heroic last ride on the Cannonball Express.
- Beyond the Story
- About the Author
- About the Illustrator
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.4|
|Guided Reading Level||T|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||7.25 x 8.25|
A noteworthy review of American Tall Tales from Library Media Connection on May 1, 2013
Tall tales are a form of storytelling focused on characters who have been made bigger than life, providing entertainment and sometimes history. These tall tales are retold in an appealing manner, each is told as a narrative that draws the reader into the story. The language is simple and the illustrations enhance the text. ‘Beyond the Story’ at the end of each book provides background on tall tales, specifically the featured characters. This series is very child-friendly and appealing. Tall tales are an important genre and this series belongs in the school library. [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.]
A noteworthy review of American Tall Tales from School Library Journal on December 1, 2012
York introduces four American folk heroes with storytelling flair, accompanied by eye-catching illustrations. The highlights of the characters’ stories are recounted in a folksy vernacular, well suited to helping readers imagine the oral tradition from which the tales came. The lots of text to few images ratio makes them better choices for solo reading than classroom sharing, but their approachability may make them accessible for lap reading for those too young to manage the tales on their own. York’s excellent history and critical-thinking sections follow each story, helping students examine what parts of these stories are exaggerations and which might be based on fact. A great beginning set.
Author: M. J. York
M. J. York has an undergraduate degree in English and history and a master's degree in library science. M. J. lives in Minnesota and works as a children's-book editor. She has always been fascinated by myths, legends, and fairy tales from around the world.
Illustrator: Michael Garland
Michael Garland is a best-selling author and illustrator with thirty books to his credit. He has received numerous awards and his recent book, Miss Smith and the Haunted Library, made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Michael has illustrated for celebrity authors such as James Patterson and Gloria Estefan, and his book Christmas Magic has become a season classic. Michael lives in New York with his family.