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Tall Tales

Tall Tales

Author: katie gohl


Learning how to read and create different types of folk literature.

A tall tale is a fictional story that stretches the truth. The heroes of tall tales are "larger than life.“
Sometimes the heroes in a tall tale are completely made up.  Sometimes they are based on an actual person who really lived.  Through the telling of the story, these characters are given exaggerated characteristics.

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John Henry Tall Tale Example

Source: John Henry 2000 Disney.mp4

Paul Bunyan - Tall Tale Example

Source: Walt Disney - Paul Bunyan (1/2) - 1958

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