Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson

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Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson

The Giant Lumberjack Challenge!




Teresa Bateman

C. B. Canga

Published 2011

Age Levels: 4-8, Grades: Preschool-3
Pages: 32
8.50" x 11.00"
Illustrations: Full color

Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.50
ATOS Level: 4.20

Plot Summary

As we all know, Paul Bunyan was born big and kept on growing. As a boy, sometimes it was hard not having someone his own size around. As an adult, it was hard to make friends, too, and even with the company of his pet ox Babe, Paul was sometimes lonely. When Hals Halson, another giant of a man, challenges Paul to a fight to determine the best lumberjack, Paul wins the day...and a new friend!



2012 Storytelling World Award


"The graphically manipulated art is in full color, portraying tall trees and dense forests as well as these two giants–only partially contained in some spreads." School Library Journal

"The rustic, rough-hewn illustrations are bold, with a sculpted look that plays up the combatants’ brawn and their outsized proportions; Babe is a vibrant, glowing blue." Kirkus Reviews

"[T]his refreshing title focuses instead on the towering lumberjack’s feelings, especially his loneliness....Bateman’s simple, smooth text has fun with the inherently faulty credibility of tall-tale narrators....Canga’s slickly textured, digital compositions find the humor in Paul’s and Hals’ outsize proportions....A whimsical addition to both tall-tale and character-education units." Booklist

"The illustrations spill off each page. This book could be used with unit topics on friendship and teamwork." Library Media Connection

Associated Keywords
Paul Bunyan, lumberjacks, lumberjack challenge, friend, friendship, tall tale, folktale