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Tall tales postcards
Tall tales are made-up storiesthat try to explain things thathave happened. They usuallymake things sound bigger andmore exciting than real life.
Was the story you read really atall tale? Answer the questionsto be sure. Is the main characterThen, go to the next screen. “larger than life”? Does the hero solveproblems in a funny way? Are the details exaggerated?
William H. Martin was known for his tall-tale postcards.He pasted photos together to make his postcards lookreal.Have you ever seen a rabbit this big? Think about astory you could write about a huge rabbit. Then, go tothe next slide.
Explore all of the postcards in this slide show. Choose your favorite picture. Write a tall tale about it.
Tips• Exaggerate qualities or features of your character,such as size or strength.•Exaggerate features of the setting, such as theweather, landscape, or animals.•Have your character change something in nature –for example, end a heat wave or create a river.•Use the planneron Practice Bookpage 90.