Fall 2021

Calamity Jane

From the Set Tall Tales

The delightfully tall tale of how Martha Jane Cannary came to be known as Calamity Jane, the toughest woman in the old wild West. Additional features to aid comprehension include background information and historical context of the tale, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$28.50 $19.95
$45.64 $31.95
  • Beginning of Text
  • Beyond the Story
  • About the Author/Illustrator
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey B
Lexile 810L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level O
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503850040, 9781503851719
Copyright 2022, 2022
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations

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. They also learn about different versions of the same story. The author expertly points out the exaggerated elements that make it a tall tale. Vibrant illustrations are scattered throughout the book and the pages are bordered with bold colors. The series is a treat to look at, but young readers might find the conversational language difficult to read. However, it does include excellent read-aloud stories, which is a fitting way to learn about oral tales. VERDICT Recommended for school libraries.

A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from Booklist on October 1, 2021

Appropriately, this entry in the Tall Tales series (8 titles) paints a larger-than-life picture of Martha Jane Cannary, aka Calamity Jane, putting fact aside in favor of an engaging story. Pages are composed primarily of text, with the occasional full-page illustration adding some flavor, and Dolbear employs a cheeky, humorous voice reminiscent of the Old West that is sure to draw readers in (‘Why, she was huntin’ on the back of a wild pony before she was toddlin’’). The tall tale covers the span of Jane’s life, after which the book briefly looks ‘Beyond the Story,’ explaining to readers the nature of tall tales and establishing the facts that we do and don’t have about this folktale-esque figure, tempering the entertaining fiction with a touch of historical fact.

Author: Emily Dolbear

Illustrator: Kathleen Petelinsek