Cut From the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale

Cut From the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale

San Souci, R. (1993). Cut From the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

Category: Folk Literature

Synopsis of Book: Everyone is familiar with the famous stories of Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, and Davy Crockett.  But now here are stories about strong, passionate women who bring a different side to literature.  They’re not afraid to wrestle any challenger, outwit any animal in the woods, or slay a giant single-handedly.

Use in Classroom: When learning about folk tales and fairy tales, showing this book would be a wonderful way to show that women can also be the main character and hero of a story.  Too often books are shared where males are at the center of the story while the women play smaller roles.  This book also contains stories from other countries so it would be interesting to compare and contrast the American stories to those.  By using a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) the students could make these comparisons to some of their favorite folk tales.

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