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


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.


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


David Shannon and Audrey Wood are a great team for this extension of the Paul Bunyan tall tale. Shannon's pictures are fantastic and compliment Wood's cute story. This tall tale explores America with the Bunyan family as they create many famous landmarks. Wood's creativity soars as she generates funny creation stories for the landmarks. My fifth graders enjoyed the story and afterwards plotted the Bunyan's journey on a U.S. map. A perfect crosscurricular experience!

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.

Branden Robinson

A childhood favorite!!


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


Great way to incorporate fun fiction and imagination into historic places. Slightly lengthy but awesome for older students. A personal favorite.


Do you know a lot of school children no longer know who Paul Bunyan is? Trot this one out along with some other American folk stories - and throw in some good music with some Dan Zanes and Pete Seeger folk songs...

Kristin Beachy

While this is a tall tale it has many aspects that may be helpful in a social studies geography lesson. It does a great job of explaining not only the story of how Paul Bunyon came to be, but also how many landmarks came to be in America! It mentions Niagra falls, Sand dunes, the Continental Divide, Bryce Canton and Old Faithful! It also has beautiful pictures to accompany the text!


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.


fabulous book for teaching folk tails

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!

Theresa C

Wood, Audrey. The Bunyans Blue Sky Press, 1996This tall tale is about Paul Bunyan’s family, his wife and two children. Most children know about Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. They may know that he is taller than a redwood tree and stronger than fifty grizzly bears but they may not know he has a family! Children will chuckle at the adventures of the Bunyans as well as the names and descriptions of the children ie. a “jumbo boy” named Little Jean and a “gigantic girl” named Teeny. Children won’t have any difficulty knowing that events in this story are pretty far fetched!!! However, there are many real landmarks in the story for children to discover together online in an encyclopedia or atlas. The story would make a great geography lesson for fourth graders as they study regions of the country and learn of many of the landmarks mentioned in the book. Children will especially enjoy the hilarious illustrations and the absurdity of the story.

Samantha Howard

The story of Paul Bunyan is rooted in Minnesotan culture and is an obvious tall tale. Many students may have already heard of his story or even visited parks named after him or have already been on the Log Chute at the Mall of America. However, this story is interesting because it takes the perspective of Paul’s wife and kids, and how they formed some of the natural wonders. I chose this book because I really enjoy stories that take the alternate point of view than the traditional story, which in turn actually helps get students engaged in the original version. This book could be used as a foundation to a unit about Minnesota culture, history, or landscape.

Jennifer McGee

This book is an absolute treasure of a tall tale!! How wonderful, and what beautiful illustrations!

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