We started our literature study of tall tales and legends with the story of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. The children love the story The Bunyans by Audrey Wood and David Shannon, which I use to introduce the topic. The illustrations are so over the top that it really brings home the idea of a tall tale, and we love to ponder the question "did that really happen?" Our favorite part of the story is when the Bunyans' daughter gets honey and bears in her hair, and so they chop into a river and create Niagara Falls so she can have a shower! After reading, we turned ourselves into legends and finished the sentence starter: "I am as tall as a____."