Imagine Your Story: Tall Tales and Myths! June 10

This week in the HLS summer reading program, we will explore the genre of myths, fables, folk or tall tales, and fairy tales. Today we’ll learn about tall tales, read “Johnny Appleseed,” and draw our own chimeras.

Tall Tales

We are looking at tall tales today. Tall tales are huge exaggerations. They often talk about how something came to be, but in a funny and exaggerated way. The stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Johnny Appleseed are examples of a tall tale. The character in a tall tale might be someone from history, but the tale of their deeds have been clearly exaggerated.

Story Time!

Read “Johnny Appleseed.”

Activity Time! Chimeras

A chimera is a hybrid creature made of more than one type of animal. What kinds of creatures can you imagine? You can start by thinking of words we use. Catfish? Horsefly? Bullfrog? Dragonfly?

Now play with it even more and see what you can imagine!

  • Half duck, half lion?
  • Half elephant, half mouse?
  • Half butterfly, half fish?

Draw your chimera. Share your pictures with us.

Here is a picture of Ella’s lemur/giraffe/rabbit.

Writing Time!

This week for our writing activity we are going to write a tale of some kind. 

  • Will you write a tall tale about how the first astronauts REALLY got to the moon?
  • Will you write a tale about how the Rocky Mountains were created?
  • Will you write the myth about where your chimera came from?
  • Will you write a fairy tale about some magical realm?

It’s up to you. I really want to hear your stories. Please share them with us so we can all read them. I will be reading one of my own tales to you on Friday. If you can get your story to us by Friday, we can add them to our post. Keep writing!

Share your photos of your chimera in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #HLSSummerReading!

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