Whoppers: Tall Tales and Other Lies Collected from American Folklore

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Alvin Schwartz
Harpercollins Childrens Books, Jan 1, 1990 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 127 pages
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Whether they've called them windies, whoppers, or gallyfloppers, people have been telling tall tales for as long as anyone can remember. Like the one about the day it rained so hard, people jumped into the river to keep from drowning... Or the one about the man who caught such an enormous fish that the picture he took of it weighed twelve pounds. One thing is for sure: "Whoppers" is a whole lot of laughs - and that's no lie!

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Alvin Schwartz was born April 25, 1927.Schwartz began his career as a journalist, but, after the publication of his bestselling book A Twister of Twists, a Tangler of Tongues, he devoted himself to becoming a collector and arranger of folk wisdom, rhyme, and silliness. Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds.

Rounds, who was born in 1906 in a sod house near Wall, South Dakota, and moved to Montana one year later in a covered wagon. He wrote dozens of tall tales and realistic books about rural America, especially North Carolina, where he lived, and Montana, where he was brought up. Rounds first book, Ol' Paul, the Mighty Logger, was published in 1936 by Holiday. He won the AAUW Award in 1983 for Wild Appaloosa. The AAUW Award was created in 1953 to honor North Carolinan children's authors.Rounds died in Pinehurst, NC, September 27, 2002, after a long illness. He was 96.

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