Pecos Bill

by Steven Kellogg

Paperback, 1992



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HarperCollins (1992), Edition: Illustrated, 48 pages


Incidents from the life of Pecos Bill, from his childhood among the coyotes to his unusual wedding day.

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LibraryThing member elander
This would be a good addition to a classroom library. It is a classic tall-tale and fun story. I observed a third grade class who made a skit about this tall-tale and then acted it out in front of the school. They loved it! There are many fun activities which could incorporate this story, perhaps
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reader's theater would be one excellent option.
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LibraryThing member juanitaloo
Children will find the tall tales amusing and hilarious. The bright and colorful illustrations add to the story. This book could be used to show an example between fiction and non-fiction, exaggeration versus realism.
LibraryThing member beckyhill
The life and adventures of Pecos Bill, the Texan icon. Bill is very extreme and adventuresome, which would make him very appealing to children. The plot is very fantastical and entertaining. It is set in Texas during the pioneer days. The style is simple and there is no distinguishing theme to the
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story. The illustrations are wonderful, colorful representations of the story. Children would find the story amusing and entertaining, and I would include this in my collection.
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LibraryThing member slblack2
Pecos Bill is a tall tale. It is about a boy and his family that are moving to get away from crowed Texas. While fishing one day, Pecos Bill, is yanked overboard by a fish and is eventually picked up by a coyote. The coyotes raise him as one of their own, until one day someone finds him. Pecos
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shows him his skills in wrestling animals and how to herd cattle. He becomes known as the best herder and gets married to someone with similar abilities as him.
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LibraryThing member bwetmore05
This is a great example of a folktale because there are impossible feats that Pesco Bill accomplishes. He is a historical figure that is drawn from stories told again and again in Texas.
Setting: The setting is essential in this story because the story of Pesco Bill takes place in the old west.
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Without this setting he would not have been able to encounter all of the strange and outrageous creatures that he did in the Texan country.
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LibraryThing member korneder
a fun version of Pecos Bill. shows kids you can elaborate and create characters who do anything
LibraryThing member ssdaffron
The book Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg is a great book for kids to read to develop a imagination. It is about a boy that is soon raised by coyotes and goes through different stages of his life. The book tells about all of the events that happen to Pecos. He falls overboard one day fishing and that
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is when he soon meets up with the coyotes. Towards the end of the story, he meets someone that he wants to spend his life with and during that time, he runs into a few problems but turns out a happy ending for Pacos Bill.
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LibraryThing member shannanjones79
I did not know much information about Pecos Bill and this book was a great way to learn about him. It started with his infancy up to becoming the leader of the Hell's Gulch Gang. Pecos Bill invented cattle roping, lassos, western rodeos and the Perpetual Motion Ranch on Pinnacle Peak where they had
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their own herd of cattle. The book ended with his marrige to Slewfoot Sue and the reunion with his long last family, and they lived happily ever after in the great land of Texas.
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LibraryThing member cjs048
Pecos Bill was on his way to the west with his family. On the way there he fell off the boat where he would have drowned if it wasnt for a coyote. The coyote took him in as its own. He lived with them until a cowboy came upon him. He convinced Bill to go with him. With the cowboy he came upon a
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rattlesnake who he defeated. Bill was also able to tame and horse and show all the cowboys how to lasso a bull.
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LibraryThing member jesaltman
This is a book about a boy becoming a man and his journey along the way. Bill can wrestle anything and he is afraid of nothing. Because of this he catches the attention of a lot of people who learn from him as they travel Texas. He becomes the first rancher and develops the first rodeo. Cute book
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for cowboys and rodeo season.
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LibraryThing member klordy66
Use for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Children will enjoy hearing the legend of Pecos Bill. This story is a tall tale about Pecos Bill, the greatest cowboy that ever lived. Addresses exploration, cowboys, wilderness, pioneer days. In the classroom, use for read alouds. Also this book could be
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used in a thematic unit about exploration, cowboys, ect.
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LibraryThing member lhendrix9983
This is a story about a boy that was forced to take care of himself after he falls out of the family wagon out west. This is a really good story to retell because it is one big adventure, it is funny, and entertaining. This is a story for everyone. This book is part of my personal collection.
LibraryThing member amcnutt
A legend about a boy who falls out of his family wagon as they are crossing the country. He is forced to raise himself in the wide open west and learn how to protect his life. This book could be used in the upper grade levels to talk to students about geography and history without boring them. They
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get a look at what Texas used to be like and it also talks about culture.
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LibraryThing member christian.mehalic
This may very well be my favorite book of all time. There are very few books that I can remember the first time I not only saw it, but checked it out from the library. This story starts out like a lot of stories before it. A family is leaving the east coat during the time of west expansion and
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heading west. During a trip out there a young boy in one of the families is pulled out of his covered wagon while fishing in the Pecos River. He is saved by a mother wolf who raises him as a wolf. From there it is a story of amazing triumph, perserverence and determination that makes Pecos Bill the biggest legend the west has ever seen. A classic of classics.
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LibraryThing member kmunsey
I heard this story as apart of a read aloud and loved it! The rhyming and the colorful descriptions can keep ay cowboy entertained. The story is about Pecos who grew up to become a cowboy. Pecos used a rattlesnake named Shake as a lasso and another snake as a little whip. His horse, Widow-Maker was
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so named because no other man could ride him and live. Pecos meets Sue who is just as tough as him and the marry. But Sue jumps on widow maker and is bucked off so hard it causes her to bounce for ever. And bill only get's to see her every time she bounces down.
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LibraryThing member dukefan86
In this book, I found the detailed and colorful Steven Kellogg ilustrations I love, as well as a delightful story! This book made me want to visit Texas again!
LibraryThing member Craigrugby
This retell of the folktale Pecos Bill is geared towards a younger audience, third grade. It would be appropriate when students are learning about folktales. The illustrations are very detailed and a lot of fun for students to look at. The illustrations vary in size and provide details to the text.
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The illustrator uses different shading techniques to give the pictures depth. The text accompanied by the pictures helps students to see some of the aspects that make up a legend or folktale. For example, towards the end of the book Pecos Bill “ropes a storm” to help rescue his bride. Students can read this and see it and realize that it is impossible. The illustrations can also be used to help students make predictions. During one scene Pecos Bill wrestles a giant rattlesnake, in that particular drawing and following ones the audience can see parts of another creature that Bill later faces. Using the illustrations teachers can help students gather information and make predictions. This book is fairly large and contains big illustrations, making it appropriate to read aloud to a class. There are a group of characters in this book called the “Hell’s Gulch Gang” this may not be appropriate language to use for such a young class.
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LibraryThing member alyssahagen
This is a classic western story about Pecos Bill and how he survived in the wild wild west. I like this book because it is a classic, funny, and is interesting for children to read with great illustrations. I would use this in a 4th or 5th grade class.
LibraryThing member lmeza
My daughter loved it, she laughed so hard at Sue's bouncing.
LibraryThing member aeisen9
Steven Kellogg's vibrant, highly detailed illustrations and straight-forward text tell the story of Pecos Bill, one of the greatest cowboys in Texas. In addition to Pecos Bill's amazing feats (wrestling wild animals, taming rattlesnakes, battling the natural elements), Kellogg shares gorgeous
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illustrations of Texan landscapes and the world of Pecos Bill. This book could be incorporated into a unit of tall tales along with Kellogg's other books about similar characters and a discussion about these figures' roles in Western American culture.
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LibraryThing member skm88
Tall tale about Bill, who faces wild and daring dangers each day.
LibraryThing member Arron_Chelmo
Pecos Bill is a legend who was separated from his family as an infant because he accidentally fell out of his family's covered wagon. He is then raised by wolves and learns how to live, survive, and roam the desert from the wolves. This book connects to history and from that many activities can be
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made which makes for a great teaching tool. The grade levels for Pecos Bill is grades 2-4.
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LibraryThing member gmorgan14
Genre: Folklore, Tall Tale
This story is a tall tale because it is an exaggerated story of a boy who does unbelievable acts that try and explain why something, particularly animals, are the way they are. It was originally a story told by word of mouth and then written down and retold by many
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authors. I could use this book to introduce tall tales or story telling in my classroom. In my fourth grade class we had presentations of story telling and this would be a fun story to act out and tell to a class. The brighter colors, and running of colors mixed with harsher black lines tells me it is probably a mix of pencil drawings and water color.
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LibraryThing member SalemSmith
to be honest, I really did not like this book because it was confusing for me. I would include this book in my classroom library for independent reading. I could use it for sequencing because this book goes through many years of Bill's life. I think boys would enjoy this book more than girls
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because it is about a cowboy. I could also use this book maybe for a lesson about living as a pioneer.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Pecos Bill is a legendary Texas boy who was separated from his family as an infant because he accidentally fell out of his family's covered wagon. He is then raised by wolves and learns how to live, survive, and roam the desert from the wolves. This book connects to history and from that many
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activities can be made which makes for a great teaching tool. The grade levels for Pecos Bill is grades 2-4.
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Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 1989)
Land Of Enchantment Book Award (Winner — Children's — 1991)


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11 inches


0688099246 / 9780688099244
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