American Tall Tales
Tall Tales are exaggerated and imaginary stories from the 1800's. They were made-up to tell about the courage many had while exploring and adventuring to the "WILD, WILD, WEST". These stories entertained people around campfires, on steamboats, and many other places.
Johnny Appleseed and Davy Crockett were actual people. The stories of their life were soon exaggerated and re-told until they became folk heroes.
Pecos Bill, John Henry, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Paul Bunyan, Stormalong, and Febold Feboldson were not actual people. They were made up by writers.
We hope that you enjoy reading these stories. These tall tales can paint a picture in your mind of America in the 19th century. These tales describe a wide range of geographical settings and illustrate occupations that helped to develop the Early America. They combine reality and fantasy into one exaggerated story that entertains people.
Enjoy reading the Tall Tales that have been mentioned above then take a comprehension quiz and a vocabulary quiz on the Tall Tale.
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