Brown, Charles E. Paul Bunyan and Tony Beaver Tales: Tall Yarns of the Prince of American Lumberjacks and his Southern Cousin Tony Beaver as Told in the Logging Camps in the North and South. Madison, WI: C. E. Brown, 1930. Rpt. 1982. Also available in Library of Congress microfilm.

Bunnell, Keith R., ed. Poems from Cable Street. Portland, OR: Fisheye Press, 1984. Print. Introduction by Christopher Howell. Designed and printed by John Laurse. Three poems, including "Tony Beaver: A Legend."

Carmer, Elizabeth and Carl. Tony Beaver, Griddle Skater. Illus. Mimi Korach. Champaign, Illinois: Garrard Publishing Company, 1965. "Tony Beaver, West Virginia woodsman and champion griddle skater of the Southern States, challenges his cousin Paul Bunyan to a griddle skating race" (WorldCat). Filmstrip based on this book New York: Taylor Associates, 1970.

Carmer, Carl Lamson. The Hurricane's Children. Illus. Elizabeth Black Carmer. New York: D. McKay, 1937. American tall tales, including "How Tony Beaver Built the Candy Dam," "How John Henry Beat the Steam Drill Down," and "How Davy Crockett Fiddled His Daughter Out of A Husband." "How Tony Beaver Built the Candy Dam" is reprinted in Children's Digest, July 196? [typo in WorldCat] (vol. 16, no. 159) and in Gibson, Bob. Calling All Girls; Children's Digest; Humpty Dumpty's Magazine. Bob Gibson compilation, S166. Calgary, Alberta: W. R. Gibson, 1954-67. Private collection, University of Calgary Library Archive.

Cober, Mary E. The Remarkable History of Tony Beaver, West Virginian. Illus. William D. Hayes. New York: David McKay, 1953.
Reviewed in "Review of American Folk Songs for Christmas." Midwest Folklore, vol. 4.3 (1954): 173-181. Review available online through library services such as JSTOR.

Tony Beaver. Section in teaching unit West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature (1997), with a variety of teaching materials on Tony Beaver, including audio readings, writing exercise on tall tales, illustrations (drawing at left by Mark Clayton), and discussion questions on "Folk Heroes" Tony and John Henry. (Formerly in West Virginia's World School web site, now reprinted in AppLit.) Contains an overview with the story of Tony's race with Paul Bunyan and "Tony Beaver and the Watermelon Party" reprinted with photos of objects in the story and read by Phil Wyatt. Based on the story "Eel's Landing Throws a Watermelon Party," in The Remarkable History of Tony Beaver by Mary E. Cober.

Hillchild: A Folklore Chapbook about, for, and by West Virginia Children. Edited by Dr. Judy Byers and Noel W. Tenney, West Virginia Folklife Center, Fairmont State College. Vol. 1, 2002, contains stories, background, and related activities on tall tales and hero Tony Beaver. Includes cover drawing of Tony Beaver by Noel W. Tenney, also map of Eel River and illustrations by John H. Randolph. "Man of West Virginia" and "A Problem Solved" are short Tony Beaver tales collected by Ruth Ann Musick, from the WV Folklife Center archives.
See Review of vol. 1 in Applit.

"Tony Beaver: The West Virginia Lumberjack." In Keding, Dan, ed. The United States of Storytelling: Folktales and True Stories from the Eastern States. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2010. 290 pp. Table of Contents at this link. "Collects true stories and legends from eastern states, ranging from the African-American folktale 'Wiley and the Hairy Man' to the true story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America." Keding is a storyteller who retold many of the tales in his own words. This book received an Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award and a Storytelling World Award, 2011. The West Virginia section also includes two versions of "John Henry" (prose and verse), "Leprechaun Dust," and "An Old Friend" (a coal mine ghost story). The Virginia section includes Rex Stephenson's retelling of "Jack and his Lump of Silver" and three other tales.

Malcolmson, Anne. Yankee Doodle's Cousins. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1969. Includes Tony Beaver and Davy Crockett.

Marais, Josef, and Max Berton. Tony Beaver. New York: G. Schirmer, 1954. Musical score for folk opera with music by Marais and libretto by Berton. "Review of Tony Beaver" by Joseph Levine in Notes, vol. 12.3 (1955): 486. Review available online through library services such as JSTOR.

Montague, Margaret Prescott, ed. Up Eel River. New York: Macmillan, 1928. "This collection contains legendary tall tales about Tony Beaver, a strong hero in the lumber campus of West Virginia. Tony Beaver is the Paul Bunyan of Appalachia" (note by Judy P. Byers). Illustrated with silhouettes.

Montague, Margaret Prescott. "Big Music." In American Folk and Fairy Tales. Ed. Rachel Field. New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1929, pp. 197-222. Followed by two Paul Bunyan stories. Also contains three Southern Mountain Stories: "Gally Mander" and two Kentucky tales by Percy MacKaye.

Rees, Ennis. The Song of Paul Bunyan and Tony Beaver. Illus. Robert Osborn. New York: Pantheon, 1964. 183 pp. This is a 39-chapter narrative poem based on older prose retellings of Paul Bunyan tales, and the main source for Tony Beaver is Montague's Up Eel River.

Rees, Ennis. The Song of Paul Bunyan and Tony Beaver. LP. Spoken Arts, 1967. "Poem read by the author. . . Edition recorded: New York, Pantheon Books, 1964. . . Author's notes concerning the poem on slipcase" (WorldCat).

Shay, Frank. Here's Audacity!: American Legendary Heroes. Illus. Eben Given. Essay Index Reprint Series. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Pr, 1930, 1967. Includes "Tony Beaver, of Eel River, West Virginia," John Henry, and others American tall tale heroes.

"Tony Beaver ... Axe-Swinger of Old Virginny." In Simon, Tony. Far Out Tales. 1975. (Original title: Ripsnorters and Ribticklers: Famous American Folk Tales. Scholastic, 1958). Includes Paul Bunyan and other American tall tales.

"Tony Beaver Meets Paul Bunyan." In Battle, Kemp P. Great American Folklore: Legends, Tales, Ballads, and Superstitions from All Across America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1986. This book also includes Davy Crockett, John Henry, Daniel Boone, and many other stories.

Tall Tales in American Folklore: Tony Beaver. Filmstrip. Coronet Instructional Media, 1972. "Tells the tale of the West Virginia lumberjack, Tony Beaver, who invented matches, clothespins, and peanut brittle. For elementary grades" and junior high school. With study guide (WorldCat). 11 minutes. Others in this series of 6 filmstrips include Davy Crockett, Stormalong, Johnny Appleseed, Febold Feboldson, and Big Mose.

See also

Appalachian tall tales in picture book bibliography, such as Swamp Angel by Isaacs & Zelinsky, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Kellogg, The Tale of Willie Monroe by Schroeder and Glass.

John Henry - Legendary tall tale hero also associated with West Virginia

Compare with other American tall tale heroes, such as the lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Steven Kellogg has pictures books on Bunyan and other tall tales. AppLit's folktale collections bibliography includes Appalachian and other American tall tales.

Johnny Kaw is a regional Kansas tall tale hero with similarities to John Henry, Pecos Bill, or Paul Bunyan, but with a shorter history. He was created in newspaper articles by George Filinger in 1955 in Manhattan, Kansas, where there is a statue of him. See, for example, the children's book Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale by Devin Scillian. Illus. Brad Sneed. Sleeping Bear Press, 2013. "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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