Friday, June 3, 2016

PPBF: Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

Jackrabbit McCabe & the Electric Telegraph
A tall tale by Lucy Rozier and Leo Espinoza
Jackrabbit McCabe & the Electric Telegraph
Written Lucy Margaret Rozier
Illustrated by Leo Espinoza

Schwartz & Wade, 2015
Ages 4-8, 40 pp, AD 930L

Tall Tale, Inventions

"This here's the story of Jackrabbit McCabe who was born to run.
At birth, his legs were so long, they looped like a pretzel and his father had to add an extra axel to the baby carriage."

From the author's website:
Jackrabbit McCabe & the Electric Telegraph is a tall tale. With his extra-long legs, Jackrabbit McCabe can outrun anything on the American frontier: horses, trains, and even twisters. So of course, everyone in the town of Windy Flats always counts on his speed when a message has to get out pronto.
Then something new comes to town: the telegraph, which can send Morse code messages with the speed of electricity. At first, no one believes the newfangled contraption can deliver a message quicker than Jackrabbit. . . But in a race between man and machine, who will be left in the dust?

What I Love:
 I loved tall tales as a kid. I guess I still do. The twang of the text kept me turning pages. The humor in the illustrations made even the stretchiest truths seem plausible.

The story of Jackrabbit McCabe is intended for elementary kids, but I think there's definitely room in a slightly older classroom for a modern folktale. I love how this book will likely entice readers to want to learn more about the 19th century, the invention of the telegraph, and the history of communication without actually presenting much fact.

1. Lucy Rozier recommends the History Channel feature on the telegraph.
2. For more tall tales from around the country, check out American Folklore.
3. Visit the Morse Code exhibit at the White River Valley Museum. Can't travel to Washington? Visit
the virtual Crypto Museum.
4. Have fun sending code to your friends courtesy S. C. Phillips website.
5. Crayola offers a quick morse code puzzle worksheet.
6. For older readers, Prof. Tom Perera offers step-by-step instructions for building a simple telegraph.
7. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.

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  1. What a really great tall tale! So who won?? Will have to check it out. I love the period illustrations.

    1. The ending was not quite what I expected . . . Much better. I love the art too. It reminds me of Jenn Bowers.

  2. I love tall tales too. I am brokenhearted that no libraries in my area have it. :( I love you extension and learning suggestion. Awesome review!

    1. Oh. Sad. Maybe you can do an inter-library loan?

  3. Thanks for sharing! This one has captured my curiosity!

    1. Lol. I love it when a review captures my attention. There's such a sense of anticipation. You should see the size of my PPBF want-to-read list

  4. This is a whole new tall tale for me and boy do kids love TALL tales!

  5. A fun tall tale! I know I'm going to love this one.

    1. It is very entertaining-even more so if you love tall tales. Thanks for stopping to comment.


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