I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago by Steven Kellogg

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Who told the best tall tales of all time? This exuberant book, based on a nineteenth-century American folk song, provides more than a clue.

After all, there aren't many yarn spinners who could lay claim to building the Pharaoh's pyramids, marrying Queen Elizabeth in Milwaukee, driving cattle from Texas to Seattle with the great Pecos Bill, or playing hopscotch on the moon. In fact, this tale is so irresistibly tall that when you're through, you just may want to top it with a few whoppers of your own.

Steven Kellogg has combined the traditional stanzas with his own rib-tickling verse and sparkling illustrations. Complete with the easily played melody, this is a tale that will delight readers for about a million years ... or maybe two!

 

About Steven Kellogg

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Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.
 
Published August 27, 1998 by HarperCollins. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The artwork is as outrageous as the jaunty text--``Queen Elizabeth she fell in love with me/We were married in Milwaukee secretly/But when sneezing overtook her/I went off with General Hooker''--and Kellogg has insinuated all manner of incidental humor into his illustrations.

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In this romp through time, a teller of tall tales situates himself in the middle of a host of history-making events.

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Dominated by his trademark fluorescent tones, Kellogg's illustrations feature funny details and pleasingly silly anachronisms: the Sphinx sports a striped tie and a matching birthday hat, and Pecos Bill's cattle clamber up Seattle's Space Needle.

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