Johnny Kaw by Devin Scillian
A Tall Tale

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Five minutes after his birth, Johnny Kaw is over six feet tall and still growing. When he outgrows his crib and even their town, his parents decide to move west where "little" Johnny can have plenty of room to play. After the family crosses the wide Missouri River to Kansas, Johnny sits down to play with his dog. His bottom ends up making the valley where his family will settle. And when Johnny clears stones from a field so his father can plow, he ends up creating the Rocky Mountains in the process. The legendary folk hero shapes the state's landscape by carving out valleys and creating prairies with his bare hands. Why, he even takes on a tornado when it threatens the family farm. Kansas native Devin Scillian spins a rollicking, rhyming yarn based on the tall tale of Johnny Kaw. Comedic, exaggerated artwork from artist Brad Sneed brings this character to BIG life.

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Bowers, Tim Brad Sneed is the popular illustrator of many picture books for children, including "Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper", which received a starred review; "Grandpa's Song; I Heard Said the Bird; Thumbelina"; and "Aesop's Fables." He lives with his wife, Dena, and their daughter in Prairie Village, Kansas. You can visit him on the internet at
Published April 15, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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K-Gr 2—This folk hero is larger-than-life in every sense of the word. In an effort to find a farm big enough for their boy, who seems to "gain a pound every hour," the Kaw family heads westward. After crossing the Missouri River into what will become Kansas, the Kaws feel that they have found a h...

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