Author: Anne Isaacs
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Awards: ALA Notable Book (1994), Caldecott Medal (1994), Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book (1995)
Topics: tall tales, angel, bear, settlers, Tennessee
Summary: This original tall tale follows Angelica Longrider, the Swamp Angel, who wrestles a bear and saves the supplies of settlers in nineteenth-century Tennessee.
- Swamp Angel from Anne Isaacs' website
- 42explore: Tall Tales
- American Folklore: Tall Tales
- Tall tales from Wikipedia
- Tall Tales, Whoppers, and Lies
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Online Tall Tales
- American Art. What is American Art? What makes it unique? Examine the work of American artists such as Grant Wood.
- Mural. Create a mural of the United States and locate different tall tales. For instance, Swamp Angel is set in Tennessee. Draw the characters from each region.
- Settlers. Look closely at the way settlers were represented. What was life like on the frontier? Is this accurate? How do you know?
- Tall Tales. Read other tall tales online. How is a tall tale like and unlike other stories? How was the story exaggerated?
- Compare Tales. How does this tall tale compare to other tall tales. Read Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Johnny Appleseed or other tall tales.
- Strong Women. Many tall tales are about men, but this one is about a women. Read other tales about women such as Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. Write your own tall tale about a strong girl or woman.
- Swamp Angel: The Sequel. Write another story about the swamp angel.
- Write a Whopper. Some people call tall tales "whoppers." Write a whopper.
- Appalachian Folktale Picture Books: Tall Tales
- Appalachian Tales of Strong Women
- Swamp Angel Study Guide (PDF) from Scholastic
- Swamp Angel Teaching Ideas
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