Genre: Humor / Tall Tale / Feminism / Adventure
Year Published: 1995
Year Read: 2008
Publisher: Mulberry Paperback Book
Series: A Tall Tale
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett” (What a name!), is a great book from the excellent retelling of Steven Kellogg. Steven Kellogg’s version of America’s best heroine is extremely funny and energetic and will surely grab the attention of both children and adults.
The book is basically about the life and adventures of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind as it details from her birth as being the first and only girl in her family of nine sons to being one of the best female athletes in the state. Her astonishing talents ranged from causing a grizzly bear to lose its fur when she gave it a bright grin that blinded the bear to eventually meeting up with her future husband Davy Crockett!
Steven Kellogg did an excellent job at retelling and illustrating the exciting adventures of Sally Ann. Sally Ann is a true model for strong women as she battles various obstacles with ease while at the same time trying to be the loving wife and mother to Davy Crockett and her baby son, Hardstone. Sally Ann is also an extremely confident woman as she continues to do the things that she loves to do despite what other people say and that shows that anyone can do anything if they put their heart into it. Steven Kellogg’s illustrations are incredible and funny as he illustrates Sally Ann’s adventures from the wilderness to being a housewife. The images that really show out in the story are the image of Sally Ann flinging the alligators into the blue sky while she is conjuring up a tornado and the image of a grown Sally Ann standing alone in a bear skin while snowflakes are falling around her during the winter.
“Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett” (That name again!) is a spectacular tale about how a strong heroine made a difference in her world by showing everyone that anyone could do the impossible if they believe in themselves. Steven Kellogg’s beautiful and humorous retelling of this strong woman is an instant treat for children ages five and older and will also be intriguing for the adults who enjoy tall tale stories.