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Geography Through Folk Tales: Tall Tales and Brer Rabbit

September 12, 2011

We continued our travels the past two weeks concentrating on American Tall Tales and storytelling from the American South.  If you remember, we started off with Native American stories.

We are still looking at our maps and learning about the people and places in North America.

We really enjoyed the tall tales. We even made up a story about our own hero–Paul Crockett–and his wild adventures.  Pickle read the stories several times each.  We also enjoyed reading and listening to different variations to talk about how storytellers embellish and change from telling to telling.

American Tall Tales:

Paul Bunyan by Steven Kellogg

Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg

John Henry by Ezra Jack Keats


Rabbit Ears American Tall Tales audio recordings


Reading Rainbow episode about Paul Bunyan


Brer Rabbit Stories

Jump! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris adapted by Van Dyke Parks and Malcolm Jones

Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl by Virginia Hamilton

This week we are on to tales of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

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