The Bunyans (Scholastic Bookshelf)

ISBN: 0439812143
ISBN 13: 9780439812146
By: Audrey Wood David Shannon

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311 Children S Picture Books Children's Children's Books Childrens Format Picture Book G Fantasy Picture Books To Read Traditional Literature

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Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child's reading experience -- laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!You may know that Paul Bunyan was taller than a redwood tree and stronger than fifty grizzly bears--but you may NOT know that he also had a wife and two kids who helped him create some of the most striking natural wonders of North America! With warmth, humor, and dazzling landscapes, award-winning writer Audrey Wood and acclaimed illustrator David Shannon team up to present the tall-tale beginnings of Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains, Old Faithful, and more. The Bunyans are a family you will never forget!

Reader's Thoughts


This is the story of the Paul Bunyan family and how their adventure across America created some of our national/scenic treasures like Bryce Canyon, Mammoth Cave, and Niagara Falls.


A tall tale about the Bunyan family. Ok, yes, Paul Bunyan is a made-up figure. But he sure makes good tall tales, as does his wife Carrie in this colorful book. Inherently silly in many places, it's still a good example of the tall-tale genre, and the rounded illustrations-- especially a retired Paul and Carrie playing golf out west!-- are charming.


This is one of my favorite versions of the Paul Bunyan tall tale. An excellent read aloud for elementary age students!


The Bunyans / Audrey Wood / 1996Genre: fiction, folktaleFormat: picture bookPlot Summary: A rip-roaring look at the over sized Bunyan family, whose massive sizes and misadventures were the cause of many of America's natural wonders.Considerations:no red flagsReview Citation: School Library Journal, December 1996, Vol. 42, p110, 1pSelection Source: Children's Core CollectionRecommended age: 6-9

Branden Robinson

A childhood favorite!!


3.5A retelling of the Bunyan story in a creative new way. I was blown away by the art, and found the story pretty engaging. However, I also didn't love the story. It was a bit disjointed for my liking. At one point, I thought we skipped some pages because the previous page was so disconnected from the page before. There are so few amazing Americana picture books though, I felt it deserved the round up.

Ranielle Jankarlo

Nostalgia. Grade 4 memories.

Cheryl in CC NV

I *know* I would've loved this when I was a child. I loved tall tales, and this is faithful to the pattern popular back then - plausibility be hanged, humor and joy abounding.


This is a picture book about the legend of Paul Bunyan.

Julie Slayton

This is a great book about Paul Bunyan. This is the continuum of what happened to Paul. It introduces you to his family. It is a fun book to read. I would use this to show different perspectives of how thing are formed.


This is a great book for kids and parents. We had lots of chuckles.My son wanted to know if Paul really diud creat all those places lol.

Makayla Turner

I absolutely love this book! The illustrations are amazing and the plot was very fresh and original. This book shows that Paul Bunyan had a family and Audrey Wood takes the reader through all of their adventures as a family. It's a great book for children!

Ginta Harrigan

“The Bunyans” is a tall tale about the Bunyan family, a family of giants. The story begins with Paul Bunyan meeting Carrie McIntie. Paul and Carrie marry and have two children. Everyone in the family is gigantic. The story has a geographic slant. Various landmarks such as Niagra Falls, Bryce Canyon, the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado, Big Sur, the Continental Divide, and Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park are mentioned. The author fictionally writes about how these landmarks were created. For example, Ma Bunyan poked over three hundred holes in the ground with her pickax releasing tons of hot water from geysers. However she tired of poking holes so she made a geyser that blew hot water every hour (Old Faithful). My rating is three stars. The story is cute and I think children will enjoy reading and/or listening to it. Children will learn the names of some U.S. landmarks that can open the door to a geography discussion.

Joey Fong

This is a book written about an American folk tale character and his family. It illustrated how the family accidentally created all of the beautiful landscape and geography all over North America. Perfect book to introduce the geography of North America. a lot of exaggeration and imaginative writing elements that students can benefit from.


Cute continuation of the Paul Bunyan Tall Tale! Paul gets married to a woman almost as big and strong as himself, and they have two children.

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