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You can purchase the 12-page Kids Wings Literature Guide and Jeopardy-type game for Jangles, A BIG Fish Story for immediate download for only $10.95! Click Here to Purchase and Download

A BIG Fish Story

by David Shannon
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award

Hardcover Edition

If you're lucky enough to have a grandpa who has set you on his knee and told you stories about the singing fish that swallowed his Volkswagen
when he was just a kid, then Jangles will become one of your favorite stories. It's magical hyperbole (that's a whoppin' big word for an big fat lie) for the biggest fish story that you've ever heard! But if your grandpa tells it, you know it's true.

Jangles: A BIG Fish Story has all the elements of a funny tall tale: imaginative, funny to the extent of being silly, contains similes, and a plethera of descriptive language. It is told as "truth" by a storyteller, but listeners know that the story could never really happen. As in many tall tales, the character and setting are familiar to the readers ... Jangles is the legendary fish that got away!

Go outside under your favorite shade tree near the lake, and have some fun hamming it up and reading Jangles: A BIG Fish Story!

The 12-page Kids Wings unit provides opportunity for discussion, drama, creation of your own tall tale story, math skills, reading strategies, writing, solving a crossword puzzle, researching tall tales, and making comparison with other tall tales. In addition, a 50-page Jeopardy-type game challenges the class to compete in interactive fun.

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Quotes to memorize:

Paul Bunyan: Does this story have a point or does it go on and on and on like this stinkin' desert?

Pecos Bill: "Not as hot as the summer of '88 when the chickens laid fried eggs and the babies cried sawdust."

Pecos Bill: " I'm a ring-tailed roarer. I can draw faster, shoot straighter, ride harder and drink longer than any man alive. I ride cyclones and I wrestle bears. I'm the rip-snortinest cowboy that ever rode north, south, east or west of the Rio Grande. I'm Pecos Bill."

"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten." Neil Gaiman

You can purchase the 12-page Kids Wings Literature Guide and Jeopardy-type game for Jangles, A BIG Fish Story for immediate download for only $10.95! Click Here to Purchase and Download

A Kids Wings 12-page Literature Guide includes a 50-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Jangles: A BIG Fish Story by David Shannon is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
A 2-Page Readers Theater Introduction
Fishy Math
Fishy Questions
Fish Tales
Fish Hook Designs, a logic puzzle
Crossword Puzzle
Research Project: Telling a Tall Tale
Comparing Tall Tales
The Art of Hyperbole
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

Jangles: A BIG Fish Story is one of the 27 units in the Kids Wings
Literature Collection, Growing Young Americans


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