THE BUNYANS by Audrey Wood

THE BUNYANS

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 It is not widely known that Paul Bunyan had a wife and two children--much less that they created Kentucky's Mammoth Caves, California's Big Sur, the Rocky Mountains, and several other ``natural'' wonders--including, some say, the huge face photographed by Viking I on the surface of Mars. How fortunate readers are to have the Bunyans' exploits chronicled at last--and with such verbal and visual gusto. Tall-tale fans will find new heroes in gigantic Teeny, with her purple puma, Slink, and Jean, a born sculptor (Bryce Canyon) and the first Bunyan to leave the planet; they'll laugh to see Old Faithful steamcleaning a gargantuan stack of dirty dishes, or the happy parents in retirement, dressed in shorts and slacks, playing croquet with the tools of their trade. Wood's text is short and direct, Shannon sprinkles his landscapes with tiny details that make his doll-like figures all the more towering, and together they make the best match since Anne Isaacs and Paul Zelinsky teamed up for Swamp Angel (1995). (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-590-48089-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1996




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