For Small, the legend of John Henry has more in common with John Brown than it does with Paul Bunyan, or Pecos Bill
, or any other tall-tale figure, as Keats, and to some extent Lester, might have us believe.
THE SAD LAMENT OF PECOS BILL
ON THE EVE OF KILLING HIS WIFE
In American folklore, cowboy hero of the Pecos River region of Texas who was an exaggerated personification of Western stamina and values.
Other folk heroes--some of them modeled on actual persons--are <IR> JAMES BRIDGER </IR> , <IR> FEBOLD FEBOLDSON </IR> , Gib Morgan of the oil fields, <IR> PECOS BILL
</IR> , <IR> JOHN HENRY </IR> , <IR> TONY BEAVER </IR> , <IR> BILLY THE KID </IR> , and <IR> BIG-FOOT WALLACE </IR> .
In the tradition of Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill
and Paul Bunyan, Johnny Kaw is a young giant of a lad born to ordinary parents who finds his best landscape in the great Kansas landscape.
Oregon Shadow Theatre - Two free performances of "Pecos Bill
, a Tall Tale" puppet play will be presented at 1 p.m.
Saudelli, a member of the Leominster Historical Commission, defended Chapman, pointing out that unlike Pecos Bill
and Paul Bunyan, also the subject of Disney films, he was a real person.
and the Ghost Stampede will stir up dust at the Cleveland Play House, and guys in Stetsons will be spouting verse just across town in the Great Lakes Theater Festival's Lone Star Love, or The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas (the thigh-slapping Haber-and-Herrick adaptation that's currently rattling the boards at San Diego's Globe Theatres).
Disney Educational Productions is releasing revised and restored versions of Pecos Bill
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and The Saga of Windwagon Smith.
The Oregon Shadow Theatre will perform its award-winning puppet play, "Pecos Bill
, a Tall Tale," as the final event of the 2012 Springfield Puppet Festival.
Kimmel's THE GREAT TEXAS HAMSTER DRIVE: AN ORIGINAL TALL TALE (9780761453574, $16.95) tells of Pecos Bill
's daughter Sal, who wants a pet hamster.