Leach, Maria. The Rainbow Book of American Folk Tales and Legends. Illustrated by Marc Simont. Cleveland: World Publishing Co., . 318 p., 29 cm. Lettering for title.
Students will explore the elements of American folktales, especially tall tales, learning how they are passed on from generation to generation, how they use exaggeration, and how they convey a message or make a point. Students will identify common elements of tall tales and write a tall tale of their own, which they will read aloud to the class.
I’m continuing my folktale picture book series with Native American stories — specifically, North America (excluding Mexico). Not too worry, South (and Central) America will get their chance, too! I was pleasantly surprised at the number of Native American folktales I found, not that there couldn’t be more, but because when I started this project…
"Famous American Folktales "gathers the most famous and shared folktales. Beautifully illustrated, it is a perfect book for bedtime. It will include: "The Phantom Train of Marshall Pass,"" Sasquatch," "The Maid in the Mist," "Paul Bunyan and the Hard Winter," "Moll Pitcher the Fortune Teller," "Guardian of Yosemite," and "Jackalope."J. E. Bright lives in Washington Heights, New York. He has written more thanninety novels, novelizations, novelty books, storybook apps, and nonfiction books for young readers and young adults. This is his second book to be published with Auzou. The first one is "American Fun Facts.""
Below are some of the best children's books of the genre.
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