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. Additional features to aid comprehension include background information and historical context of the tale, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Fiction, Narrative, Picture Books|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5|
|Guided Reading Level||O|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Educational front/back matter, Reviewed, and Starred|
- Beginning of Text
- Beyond the Story
- About the Author/Illustrator
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.
A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021
Famous American tall tales are retold for a new generation. The author uses conversational language to relay the story and follows it with an examination of the tale. Readers learn about historical facts that may have been the basis for the story as well as which aspects are made up.… View →