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Paul Bunyan (A Tall Tale)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  2,706 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Paul Bunyan, the largest, smartest, and strongest baby ever born in the state of Maine, grew up to be the strongest, smartest, and tallest hero of the tallest of American tall tales.

Here is the legend of Paul Bunyan who, with his big, blue ox named Babe and the greatest lumbering crew ever, made his way clear across the United States. The way was long and the work was hard
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1984)
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Julia Brumfield
Sep 22, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythoi-folklore, book
Steven Kellogg has always been a wonderful author to read whether he is covering just a regular children story or one of the many tall tales of this country. What helps to make his work so endearing is his whimsical artwork that mixes the silly with the interesting.

Within this tall tale relating to Paul Bunyan and the big blue ox Babe readers are introduced to one of the world's greatest lumberjacks that United States knew of. Bits of the story I had heard before in the legend of this mighty m
Jolene Aho
“Paul Bunyan” by Steven Kellogg is a tall tale about the folk hero Paul Bunyan. The illustrations in the book are very detailed and humorous. The story tells about how Paul was born in Maine, but the family ends up moving west, because young Paul’s strength and enthusiasm for logging are causing problems in town. Paul saves an ox from a blizzard and names him Babe. The story chronicles Paul and Babe’s adventures as they travel across the United States with a logging crew. Some of the incredible ...more
Rachael Thom
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This book is about a little boy who grows up to be big, very big, and his pet ox named Babe. Paul and his pet ox get too big for their home and set off across America creating different notable landscapes. It is a great story and explains many of the popular land formations in the United States. This story ends with the uncertainty of whether or not Paul is still around as his laughter is “rumored” to be the thunder that is heard above the Alaskan Mountains.

Identify the char
Apr 03, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kellogg, Steven. Paul Bunyan. (1984). Having an enormous baby and toddler isn’t easy, and Paul’s parents have to move to the wilderness when he is little, in order to avoid imminent destruction. The wilderness is a good place for him – his friends include the grizzlies who he wrestles with. Another time he comes across an ox in the snow, and rescues him (Babe the blue ox). Eventually he decides to travel west to seek his fortune. As he helps to clear the Midwest of all of its nuisance trees, he ...more
Kellogg, Steven. Paul Bunyan. New York: William Morrow, 1984.

The legendary hero, Paul Bunyan, is retold and illustrated by Kellogg in a humorous but realistic way to the reader. It is told that Paul was the greatest lumberjack of all time in the United States. He traveled through the U.S. with his blue ox named Babe. Together they dug out the Great Lakes, fought the ogres in the Appalachian Mountains and made a trench in the Grand Canyon just to name a few of Bunyan’s heroic adventures. I really
Nicole Gustafson
This tall tale was written and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. This story centers around the main character, Paul Bunyan. The setting begins in Maine, the same place where this strong, smart and large baby was born. With his tremendous strength and size, Paul’s parents decided to move to a place more suited to his needs. A place where his destruction would not crush houses, or flood villages; they decided to move to the country where there would be endless terrain and forest friends to keep Paul ...more
Amanda Kolb
Title: Paul Bunyan, A Tall Tale
Author: Steven Kellogg
Genre: Legend
Theme(s): History, strength, adventure
Opening line/sentence: Paul Bunyan was the largest, smartest and strongest baby ever born in the state of Maine.
Brief Book Summary: Paul Bunyan was a large, strong boy as a baby and as he grew up his strength increased. He moved across the country digging rivers and lakes along with his friend, Babe the Blue Ox. The story ends by saying that Paul and Babe still roam in the Alas
Matt Vagts
Traditional-literature book #11
This is a book about a guy who grow to be a giant. He was born as the biggest baby ever. He kept getting into trouble in town due to his size that his family moved out into the woods. As Paul grew older he played with the animals. One night during a snow storm he found an ox turned blue from the storm. Paul also become interested in the family logging business and decided to go across the country cutting down trees. As he did this he created national landmarks that
Shelby Wright
Title: Paul Bunyan
Author: Steven Kellogg
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Legend, Tall Tale
Theme(s): Strength, Adventure
Opening line/sentence: "Paul Bunyan was the largest, smarter, and strongest baby ever born in the state of Maine."
Brief Book Summary: Paul Bunyan took the logging industry by storm, along with his ox, Babe and his team- who have a fondness for pancakes and maple syrup. He forged the way from across the country, forming well known structures, like the Grand Canyon. H
Lisa Astudillo
Mar 28, 2016 Lisa Astudillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-hero
Paul Bunyan, a Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg is a fun entertaining book full of imagination. The illustrations were detailed, graphic, and engaging. Paul Bunyan, a legendary hero, was the greatest lumberjack who traveled through the United States with his blue ox named Babe. Since he had legendary strength and size he was able to dig out the Great Lakes, make a trench in the Grand Canyon, and fight the ogres in the Appalachian Mountains. He went on many wild exaggerated adventures in this rich fol ...more
Bethany Lovhaug
Paul was the biggest and strongest baby ever born. While still a toddler, he picked up mature trees and carried them around the town. As a boy, he wrestled with the grizzlies and raced with the deer. When he grew up he dug the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes to get barges with Vermont maple syrup to the logging camps. He even gouged out the Grand Canyon by mistake when he dragged his axe while hiking across the country. Even now, the author claimed, he is probably wandering the wilderness ...more
Ronit Delrahim
“Paul Bunyan”, by Steven Kellogg is folktale story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Paul Bunyan is about a child who doesn’t look like a child and is very strong and looked like a giant. When he was a child, he liked being involved in the family business of chopping down wood. His parents decide to move to the backwoods because big Paul would cause too much trouble in the town. Paul loved the woods and became friends with all the animals and even adopted a blue ox. When P ...more
Sarah Schwartz
Genre: Folklore
Age Group: Nursery - Primary

Summary: It was evident when he was born that Paul Bunyan was not a normal baby; he was a giant. After showing an interest in his family logging business, Paul decided to travel across America, helping to clear trees and develop the American landscape. He has many wild adventures during his journey, but together with his ox Bebe, he eventually makes it to the shores of California.

Evaluation: I gave this book three stars because it was a solid exa
Feb 08, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Bunyan. Sheesh, where do I even START?

Well, let's start in the past. Paul Bunyan was a traditional story in folklore, right? Um... maybe not.

Actually, way way waaaaay back in the past, people in jobs such as lumberjacking DID tell these sorts of tall tales. But they weren't coalesced around Paul Bunyan yet. Instead, they told these tales about themselves or about "you know, those anonymous lumberjacks we don't know" or "a friend of a friend". And those of you complaining that this book of B
Mary Hohman
Oct 22, 2012 Mary Hohman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Bunyan is a tall tale retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. The book is intended for primary ages. This folklore is a classic tall tale of an over-sized baby growing into a giant lumberjack with an over-sized pet ox named Babe. Throughout the story you are told exaggerated adventures that Paul and Babe encounter with a humorous twist. I rated this book a four because I like the metaphors used and the descriptive language in the retelling of the story. The pictures are nice and explain t ...more
Janna Gifford
Paul Bunyan by Steven Kellogg is a folklore book that is geared towards the Primary age group. This book is about Paul Bunyan, who was the strongest and biggest baby, growing up and changing the world around us based on his strength and being a giant. I gave this book four stars because it is a fantastic tall tale to read to the children and they will never get tired of hearing the book. It is also a great practice book for young children to start to learn the concepts of print as well as readin ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Bunyan

1- Genre: Traditional

2- Is a tall tale of a boy that is born abnormally big and continues to grow to great heights. His large size gets him into some large predicaments such as rocking his cradle causing large waves that flood the town, wrestling grizzly bears, and creating the Grand Canyon by dragging his ax.

3- (a) Illustration Style
(b) The illustrator uses a representational style for his illustrations. Throughout the book the illustrator does an excellent job depicting people, an
Feb 11, 2014 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tall Tales: The Story of Paul Bunyan is the story about a boy growing up into a man with his trusty blue ox. This story is is a tall tale about how Paul grows up being discriminated against because of his big size. He overcomes this by moving around and clearing away forest space for farmers. I enjoy this book because it shows how a boy overcomes discrimination and succeeds well at what he does best, cut trees. I would recommend this book to everyone of all ages its a classic.
Johnny Appleseed was better.

This is definitely a tall tale. How tall is Paul? Who knows. But he seems more like a giant than a character from a tall tale. The destruction of forests is painful -- the loggers seem to be cutting trees just for the fun of it. (This is a pet peeve of mine.) And when is this supposed to be set? According to this tale, Bunyon was extremely long-lived, remaining young and strong for several centuries.

Not a favorite.
Ann Ferber
I chose this book in honor of Paul Bunyan (land) being shut down in Brainerd, MN. This is a classic story of a funny giant living large. From his giant flapjacks that he eats in the morning to the "natural wonders" he created like the Grand Canyon... this book will fascinate both young and old readers alike. The pictures are fabulous and silly as well. It could be used in a unit about folk tales or make believe. Young and old would love this book. I know I do!
Steven Kellogg does a great job retelling this tall tale with active and humorous illustrations of giant flapjacks blasted high above the clouds, a rumpus with ogres and a celebration of all the holidays missed during a blizzard that lasted several years. Excellent vocabulary and sentence structure for readers aged 8-11, with pictures packed with details that you'll want to examine over and over.
Jan 19, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I loved the story of Paul Banyan while growing up, mainly because my dad was a log truck driver! I felt that this book was wonderfully written, and gave a nice background story on how Paul and Babe came to be together. I think also that the artwork showed off what the writer was portraying wonderfully, and that this was an intriguing tale that I would read again!
Lynn Plourde
This tall tale is classic Steven Kellogg with packed-in fun details. At times, the art seems too busy and the story somewhat choppy--listing exaggeration after exaggeration without much to tie the details together. But still, Paul Bunyan is a favorite tall-tale hero and this book has survived 30 years--I remember sharing it with my kids when they were little.
Carissa Gelinas
Traditional #1
This would be considered a traditional book. This could be used while learning about folktales in an English class. Kids would find this interesting and funny because Paul Bunyan is a big lumberjack that has a big, blue ox. It goes and tells the life of Paul from when he was born and how he had to live with being so large.
I use this to teach tall tales. This version of Paul Bunyan is delightfully illustrated by Steven Kellogg, and you can pair it with others that he has done. There is just enough text to tell the story vividly in a short lesson, which is good when you want to hold the students' attention and leave them wanting another tall tale.
Yes, I put this in American history. It's a story that every child needs to know. And besides tall tales are just plain fun.

We enjoyed this book a lot, but my kids kept saying "that's not real", "that didn't happen". They couldn't keep quiet. They did laugh and think it was totally silly though.

I liked the illustrations although they are quite busy. Using more muted colors helped though to not give a headache. The kids looked through it several times after reading it.

I overheard one of the boys
Jan 22, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classroom-books
Genre: Tall tale, Historical fiction
Grade level: 2-5

I love the way that Steven Kellogg can capture so many details of a story through both his words and illustrations. I love authors that have a sense of humor and you can tell that he does. This story, like his other American tall tales ( Pecos Bill, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Crockett, Mike Fink) are written for a slightly older audience. My struggling readers in grades 1-3 enjoy the pictures and get the gist of the story, but I've found that these
Sep 11, 2015 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Battle of the Books 2015-16
Who was the largest baby ever born in the state of Maine? Who dug the Great Lakes? Who gouged out the Grand Canyon? Why, Paul Bunyan, of course, America's finest, fastest, funniest lumberman and favorite tall-tale hero.

I enjoyed Kellogg's illustrations probably more than the story.
Shannon Janik
"Paul Bunyan" by Steven Kellogg is a children's book about a boy that was born unusually large. Once the boy grew older he took off on an adventure with his ox and some other lumbermen and a blacksmith and a few cooks. This story is about how Paul Bunyan was the one who created our nation's great landmarks. He dug rivers and even made the Grand Canyon. I think this is a good book for children to read because it talks about actual places that they may not necessarily know a whole lot about. I did ...more
Paul Bunyan was the largest baby to be born in Maine. His parents moved to the wilderness to fit Paul enormous growth. This is the traditional folk tale of Paul Bunyan. Paul was the best lumberjack to be found. This is a great book to fresh up on the folk tale of Paul Bunyan.
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Steven Kellogg is an author and illustrator who has contributed over 90 books for children. He is best known for writing books about animals, for which he credits his grandmother .
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