Tall tales are the mythology of America. They are built of our finest qualities mixed with our most colorful shortcomings. Here is a collection of a few of our own tall tales.
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Malkia and the Fairy Woman (from the So Many Fairies series)
Malkia’s father is a famous astronomer. One day, he gathers his daughters and tells them about his discovery. A new star has been found — one that could lead them to the Golden Palace, a magical place where all wishes are granted that is considered by most to be a myth. His two oldest daughters use their study and charts to try and find their way — and both girls end up lost. But Malkia, his youngest daughter, uses her love of the world, the sun, and the stars to reach the Fairy Woman, the only one who can help her find the way.
The Fort Keeper (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)
The Fort Keeper is the only enlisted man left at an abandoned and obsolete fort. He has his daily routine and he loyally serves without fail. And then one day he discovers a boy. The boy is technically an intruder and should be apprehended or at least chased away, but the Fort Keeper feels pity for him. Over the next few weeks, he leaves the boy food and clothing without ever actually meeting him. But on the day he introduces himself, everything changes...
Vermont: The Gift of the Dragon (from the FIFTY: The Stars, the States, and the Stories Collection)
H.S. Robinson, a young cheese factory mechanic from Rome, New York, decides one day to fulfill his dream of hunting a real-life monster. In this case, it is the Lake Champlain monster “Champy” — a legendary sea dragon that is rumored to reflect back whatever you bring to the lake. For some it is pride, for others it is conquest — and for H.S., it turns out to be love.
Note: Though this is historical fiction and the characters have been developed to accommodate a story, their attributes and development may be useful as reference points and inspirations.
Just Like Pico Mouse (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now Series)
It is a cold day at the Junkyard and the younger mice want to rest in Mr. Flinch's warm House of Chairs. When he tells them a story about the early days of the brave and powerful Pico Mouse, the young mice are inspired to change their perspective on the cold weather.
Tadodaho and the Great White Pine (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)
This is the story of how the Iroquois Nation came to be and how peace, compassion, and unity is stronger than fear, violence, and war. Tadodaho is the fierce monster leading the Onondaga Nation – he lives in a swamp and has snakes in his hair. When the Great Peacemaker and Hiawatha come to him with a message of peace and unity, what happens next not only transforms a tyrant into a true leader, but also creates a new nation.
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About the Author
David Sewell McCann
David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.