WESTERN TALL TALES: The Toughest Cowboy, Saving Sweetness, Swamp Angel, & More!

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32 plus song, "Thank God I'm a Cowboy" by Ted Newman
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FIVE WESTERN TALL TALES in Award-winning Picture Books including


SAVING SWEETNESS by Diane Stanley(Author), G. Brian Karas

SWAMP ANGEL by Anne Isaacs (Author), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

COMES A WIND by Linda Arms White (Author), Tom Curry(Illustrator)

BOSS OF THE PLAINS (nonfiction, the story of the Stetson Hat)



Cowboy Grizz Brickbottom is the toughest cowboy. He flosses his teeth with barbed wire and picks his nose with his spurs. But, Grizz is becoming discontented with his life as a cowpoke and his disgusting friends who have no manners. He longs for a different kind of companion, one that is soft and sweet, one that will give him kisses. What he gets isn't exactly what he had in mind but, nevertheless, turns out to be precisely what he and his ranch hands need the most.

THE TOUGHEST COWBOY will be your go-to book and literature guide for FUN and MASTERY LEARNING when you study HYPERBOLE. It all starts with the funniest READERS' THEATER EVER!

This 7-page Kids Wings literature guide was written by Suzy Red and comes to you in PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease and excellence in projection and printing.

The activities in THE TOUGHEST COWBOY include:

* Perpetrators of Hyperbole: Readers Theater

* Story Mapping Chart

* Multiple Choice Comprehension

* Comparing Tall Tales

* Crossword Puzzles

* Writing Prompts/Discussion Questions

* Answer Pages


SAVING SWEETNESS by Diane Stanley(Author), G. Brian Karas

Setting out to find a runaway orphan, a kindhearted sheriff attempts to protect Sweetness from the elements of the untamed west, including desperado Coyote Pete. Sweetness is feisty and refuses to return to the cruel orphanage headmistress.

This picture book is a perfect story model with a Western setting, dialect, desperadoes, and heroes. The Kids Wings unit is designed to extend the fun by laying the groundwork for the reader to write a spin-off Western adventure short story and other shorter paragraphs.

This literature guide for SAVING SWEETNESS was written by Suzy Red and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats.

The 7-Pages of Activities in this unit for SAVING SWEETNESS include:

* Character Study: Picture the Answers

* Who's the Real Hero? Multiple Choice

* Western Dialects, Hyperboles, Idioms, and Characters' Names

* A Western Database

* Your Own Humorous Western Story, Step 1

* Plan Your Story, Step 2

* Write Your Story, Step 3

* Publish, Share, and Evaluate, Step 4

* Western Story Scoring Rubric


SWAMP ANGEL by Anne Isaacs (Author), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
Caldecott Honor Book

"Working in an American primitive style animated by the humor and storytelling genius for which he is renowned, Caldecott Winner artist Paul O. Zelinsky puts oils to cherry and maple for this tall-tale competition between a Tennessee woods-woman extraordinaire and a hungry, fearsome bear. Thundering Tarnation has a bottomless appetite for settler's grub. When word goes out about a competition to hunt this four-legged forest of stubble, a young woman, second to none in buckskin bravery, signs up. "How about baking a pie, Angel?" the other hunters taunt. "I aim to," says Swamp Angel. "A bear pie."What follows is as witty a round of roughhousing as ever jostled the ranks of Americana. Anne Isaacs' original text unfolds in a crackling combination of irony, exaggeration, and bold image-making. Zelinsky's paintings respond with deft yet hilarious expressions, rhythmic shapes, and a sense of monumental motion, as benefits a heroine who can wield a tornado like a lasso, drink a lake dry, and snore down a forest. In the course of these grand shenanigans, the Great Smoky Mountains are stirred up, Montana's short-grass prairie laid down, and Thundering Tarnation's fate proves to have no less a reach than the starry heavens.Swamp Angel marks the debut of a promising new storyteller and adds to the tall-tale traditions a pictorial counterpart that will entertain and endure for a long time to come." an Amazon Review.

This Kids Wings literature guide was created by Suzy Red and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease and excellence in printing and projection.

The Activities for this Caldecott Honor Book, SWAMP ANGEL, include:

* Exaggerations: Swamp Angel's Outstanding Characteristics

* Change the Setting: Planning a new version

* A Bearable Crossword Puzzle

* A Bear by Any Other Name Is Still A Bear

* Scientific Connections

* Story Telling with a Partner

* Write a Sequel

* Spin-A-Tale: Create a character with a problem to solve

* Answers


COMES A WIND by Linda Arms White (Author), Tom Curry(Illustrator)

This tale of ultimate sibling rivalry begins with the squeak of a windmill and unwinds in a Texas twister.  Two brothers, masters of one-upsmanship, spin the big ones until nature spins the biggest one on them!  Will their mama ever get her birthday wish or will the two brothers squabble forever?

The 4-Page Kids Wings Literature Guide for COMES A WIND was written by Suzy Red and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats.

The Activities include:

* Crossword Puzzle

* The Art of Hyperbole

* Writing a Readers Theater

* Making a Change -- Puzzle

* Answers


BOSS OF THE PLAINS The Hat that Won the West! (nonfiction, the story of the Stetson Hat, biography)

Who made that ten-gallon hat?  Why did it become a popular addition to western dress?  Follow the life of its creator, John Stetson, to discover how his roots helped grow wings which flew him into history.

A 6-page unit written by Suzy Red is perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for the nonfiction and biography, Boss of the Plains,The Hat that Won the West!

The Activities include:

* Which Hat? Illustrating Activity

* A Growing Business (Multiple Choice Comprehension)

* The Hatmaker (Crossword Puzzle)

* Timeline

* Free Enterprise

* John Stetson's Travels

* Answer Pages


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Total Pages
32 plus song, "Thank God I'm a Cowboy" by Ted Newman
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