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The twenty-one balloons

by:Pène du Bois, William, 1916-1993

Fanciful adventures of Professor Sherman, who leaves on a vacation in a balloon, and lands on a volcanic island in the Pacific. Grades 5-9.

Editions:93  Date:1941 - 2007  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Humorous fiction, Tall tales, Fantasy fiction, Historical fiction


John Henry

by:Lester, Julius, 1939-2018

Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.

Editions:26  Date:1994 - 2014  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Legends, Tall tales, Folklore, Tall tales


Shark tale

by:Smith, Will, 1968-

Oscar is a lowly tongue-scrubber at the local Whale Wash, who becomes an improbable hero when he tells a great white lie. To keep his secret, Oscar teams up with an outcast vegetarian Great White shark, Lenny, and the two become the most unlikely of friends. When his lie begins to unravel, it's up to Oscar's loyal friend Angie and Lenny to help him stand up to the most feared shark in the water and find his true place in the reef.

Editions:112  Date:1997 - 2019  Type:Juvenile  Rating:MPAA rating: PG; for some mild language and crude humor.  Genre(s):Feature films, Animated films, Children's films, Juvenile works, Comedy films


Swamp Angel

by:Isaacs, Anne

Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.

Editions:15  Date:1977 - 2001  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Tall tales, Tall tales, Tall tales


Pecos Bill : a tall tale

by:Kellogg, Steven

Incidents from the life of Pecos Bill, from his childhood among the coyotes to his unusual wedding day.

Editions:27  Date:1986 - 1996  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Tall tales, Tall tales, Legends, Tall tales


Apples to Oregon : being the (slightly) true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains

by:Hopkinson, Deborah

A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.

Editions:17  Date:2003 - 2004  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Tall tales, Tall tales, Tall tales


Big fish

by:Burton, Tim, 1958-

William Bloom, is a young man who never really knew his now dying father, Edward - outside of the tall tales his dad told him about growing up. During Edward's last days William and his wife Josephine hold a bedside vigil next to the old man as he recollects elaborate memories of his youth. Still doubting the legends and folklore, William makes a journey to meet a mysterious woman from whom Edward had bought property.

Editions:114  Date:2003 - 2018  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13; for a fight scene, some images of nudity and a suggestive reference.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Fantasy films, Fantasy films, Film adaptations


The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen

by:Raspe, Rudolf Erich, 1737-1794

"No one has journeyed to as many foreign lands as Baron von Mucnhausen. Nor, when it comes time to fire a canon, will you find anyone more accurate. Courtly life is as natural to him as the harshest polar desert ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Editions:155  Date:1785 - 2019  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Humorous fiction, Tall tales, Tall tales, Voyages, Imaginary

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John Henry

by:Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948

Roark Bradford's 1931 novel and 1939 play dealing with the legendary folk-hero John Henry (both titled John Henry) were extremely influential in their own time but have long been unavailable or extremely hard to find. In this unique collection, Steven C. Tracy has joined Bradford's seminal works in a new critical edition to help contextualize both the novel and play, making these vital texts widely available again for scholars of folklore and African American literature. This new volume includes an expansive introduction that explores Bradford's life and work, critical responses to the novel and play, and a survey of John Henry's pervasive influence in folk, literary, and popular culture. It also features a wide array of supplementary materials, including a selected bibliography and discography related to Bradford and John Henry; transcriptions of a number of folksong texts and recordings available during the 1930s; and a chronology of the lives of both Bradford and Henry. As Tracy's introduction makes clear, such a consideration of Bradford--set in the context of writers, both black and white, drawing upon African American folklore and using dialects along with stereotypical and non-stereotypical portrayals--is long overdue. In pairing Bradford's two treatments of the quintessentially American story of John Henry, Tracy has provided the definitive edition of two classic American texts, and in so doing, he provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on the various paths by which African American traditions have infiltrated the cultural mainstream.

Editions:32  Date:1931 - 2011  Genre(s):Legends, Drama, Songs and music, Folklore, Tall tales


American tall tales

by:Osborne, Mary Pope

A collection of tall tales about such American folk heroes as Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan.

Editions:15  Date:1990 - 2015  Genre(s):Tall tales, Tall tales, Folklore, Literature


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