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Paul Bunyan

12 minutes 53 seconds

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Part of the "American Tall Tales & Legends" series. High above the North Woods, with a shiny silver and bronze ax stead upon his broad shoulder, lived a "tall" man who became one of America's most famous frontiersmen. Inspired by imagination and storytelling, Paul Bunyan, along with his colorful companion, Babe the Blue Ox, could break logjams with spectacular ease, re-create the geographical formations of rivers, lakes, and canyons, and like no other timber chopping lumberjack, swiftly cut down trees with the swipe of an ax.

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Illustration of a person in a covered wagon driving through an area forested in a variety of trees. Caption: inspired John Chapman to travel in that very direction himself.
American Tall Tales & Legends
Episode 1
15 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
Color illustration of a smiling Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox with two children on his back. A woman next to them carries a picnic basket and holds her bonnet as she looks towards them. Caption. Paul Bunyan and his family are walking.
American Tall Tales & Legends
Episode 2
12 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
Color illustration. Low angle of John Henry swinging a mallet out in front of him and standing beneath a cloudy sky. Caption. John Henry, well, he was a mighty laborer.
American Tall Tales & Legends
Episode 3
13 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
Black and white illustration of 3 figures standing around a wooden pole with their arms around one another. Other figures dance in a circle around them. Caption. Chief Powhatan decided he still loved his daughter.
American Tall Tales & Legends
Episode 4
15 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
Color illustration of Paul Revere holding a hammer and examining a bowl in a silversmith shop. Caption. Paul learned the silversmith trade.
American Tall Tales & Legends
Episode 5
14 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: K - 5