This sort of book belongs in adult collections of folklore, as well as among books for story telling and reading aloud. It...

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LEGENDS OF PAUL BUNYAN

This sort of book belongs in adult collections of folklore, as well as among books for story telling and reading aloud. It should have long term value for reference in Americana collections, for here is a good selection from the multiplicity of yarns, timberland lore, that have grown up around the legendary Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. There are a few familiar names among the contributors- Carl Sandburg, Charles E. Brown, James Stevens, Constance Rourke, etc. but in the main the editor has gone to the sources, to specialized material, to the timberlands for the best version of the yarns. The arrangement is largely chronological- baby, boy, man; and beyond that, he gives us Paul Bunyan in relation to his fellow workers, his pals, the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, his remaking of geography, of water, of weather, Paul Bunyan as trencherman, and recurrently, yarns of the blue ox. Beautiful format- cloth binding- bold type face- marginal headings- half titles and decorative drawings by Richard Bennett, in line. We wish the full pages in color had been omitted- they are pretty bad.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 0816654603

Page Count: -

Publisher: Knopf

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1947