Review of Davy Crockett Stories

by Sam G., age 8, in Indiana
November 2007


Brimner, Larry Dane. Davy Crockett. The Imagination Series. Illus. Donna Berger. Minneapolis, Minn: Compass Point Books, 2004.

I like how he catches the comet. It is like you are in the book when Davy is chopping down trees and exploring new places. I would like to become an American legend and be just like Davy Crockett.

Osborne, Mary Pope. "Davy Crockett" and "Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind." American Tall Tales. Illus. Michael McCurdy. New York: Knopf, 1991.

I also like how he was always ready for action and excitement. In this story of Davy Crockett, he unfreezes the earth. The earth gets stuck and it can't turn. That's how the world begins to freeze. I like how he gets it unstuck by rubbing the sun with bear greases. Soon the earth was free. In the beginning, I think it is cool when he wrestles the panther, and teaches it manners. I like this one because the author is explaining how Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind is just as big a brute and a braggart as Davy Crockett is.

Dewey, Ariane. The Narrow Escapes of Davy Crockett: From a Bear, a Boa Constrictor, a Hoop Snake, an Elk, an Owl, Eagles, Rattlesnakes, Wildcats, Trees, Tornadoes, a Sinking Ship, and Niagara Falls. More Tall Tales Series. New York: Greenwillow, 1990. 48 pp.

This book is like a bunch of little stories in one book. One of my favorites is about the eagles because it's very original and it is in most Davy Crockett stories. Davy Crockett falls asleep with his head in a fork in a tree. He is then awakened by eagles pulling his hair out of his head to line their nests. Then Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind yells at the eagles, making Davy unconscious and blowing the feathers off their heads, creating the first bald eagles. On the cover Davy Crockett is wearing a strange coonskin cap with a real raccoon on his head. The title is very long and inspiring to me because it has the titles of the smaller stories in it and pictures for the smaller stories. It will say "elk" and then have a small picture of an elk right in the sentence. Some of his narrow escapes are a little far-fetched.

In addition to the books above, Sam read "Davy Crockett and the Frozen Dawn"; "Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett Meets Mike Fink," retold by S. E. Schlosser at American (under Tennessee); Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg; and the final section of the following book: Trotman, Felicity and Shirley Greenway. Davy Crockett. Illus. Chris Molan. Milwaukee, Wis: Raintree Children's Books, 1986. See more Davy Crockett stories in AppLit's bibliography on Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett.

Sam's list of facts about the real Davy Crockett:

  1. Davy Crockett was born in the mountains of Tennessee in 1786.

  2. Davy Crockett ran away from home when he was 13.

  3. He didn't learn to read until he was 16.

  4. He was in the Alamo.

Sam in 2008 with a new set of 
Time Spies novels by Candice Ransom


AppLit's bibliography on Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
Complete List of AppLit Pages on Folklore

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