I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago

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Who told the best tall tales of all time? This exuberant book, based on a nineteenth-century American folk song, provides more than a clue.

After all, there aren't many yarn spinners who could lay claim to building the Pharaoh's pyramids, marrying Queen Elizabeth in Milwaukee, driving cattle from Texas to Seattle with the great Pecos Bill, or playing hopscotch on the moon. In fact, this tale is so irresistibly tall that when you're through, you just may want to top it with a few whoppers of your own.

Steven Kellogg has combined the traditional stanzas with his own rib-tickling verse and sparkling illustrations. Complete with the easily played melody, this is a tale that will delight readers for about a million years ... or maybe two!

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Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.

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PreSchool-Grade 2?A tall tale based on a traditional folk song, related here as a story within a story. An assortment of endearing children spin their yarns, weaving outrageous tales of what they have witnessed. Everything from seeing Pharaoh's daughter fish Moses out of the water and Columbus's discovery of the New World, to driving cattle with Pecos Bill and playing hopscotch on the moon are a part of these kids' whoppers. As the main events are pictured in Kellogg's typical cartoon style, the young raconteurs appear below, entertaining one another with their miraculous feats. This title will be an unusual lead-in to induce interest in historical events and their time frames. Humor abounds in the vivid illustrations and the text; one such example is a sign displayed on one of Columbus's ships that "This voyage is made possible by our royal sponsors, Ferd and Iz." Legends such as Paul Bunyan and Babe, Johnny Appleseed, and Pecos Bill can also be introduced. The book ends on a good note with the catchy score for the book's title song. Sure to inspire a chuckle or two from young and old alike.?Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
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