Bibliographic Information: Krensky, S., & Orback, C. (2007). Paul Bunyan. Minneapolis, Minn.: Millbrook Press.
Short annotation: This novel is the story of a fictional man named Paul Bunyan, who grew to be giant man, and whose life and activates with his blue ox named “Babe” became legendary.
The Genre: Fable, Picture Book
Grade level: First grade to Third grade
Readers who will like this book: A few readers who will enjoy this book are children and parents who enjoy reading fables, and educators wanting to expose students to different genres.
Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I liked how this book covered all of the fables of Paul Bunyan and that all of the pictures really brought the story to life.
Question: What is the difference between folktales and fables?
Reading strategies connection: A reading strategy that would be great for the fable of Paul Bunyan is a graphic organizer activity (Yopp, R., & Yopp, H., 2010). A graphic organizer includes the teacher or students making some form of story map (Yopp, R., & Yopp, H., 2010). A story map includes the major events that took place within a story but more additional items can be added like the setting, characters, etc. (Yopp, R., & Yopp, H., 2010). This activity will help students to devlope their comprehension, sequencing of events and recalling of important details (Yopp, R., & Yopp, H., 2010). This activity would be perfect for the fable of Paul Bunyan because in the story Paul there is a clear beginning, middle and end to the story. Also this novel would allow teachers the ability to differentiate for student because the teacher could have some students focus on the sequence of event, while other students look at setting, characters, problem and solution. These are just a few reasons, why this would be a great activity to do with the fable of Paul Bunyan.