Paul Bunyan

Birth of Paul Bunyan

Maine Tall Tales

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

Now I hear tell that Paul Bunyan was born in Bangor, Maine. It took five giant storks to deliver Paul to his parents. His first bed was a lumber wagon pulled by a team of horses. His father had to drive the wagon up to the top of Maine and back whenever he wanted to rock the baby to sleep.

As a newborn, Paul Bunyan could hollar so loud he scared all the fish out of the rivers and streams. All the local frogs started wearing earmuffs so they wouldn't go deaf when Paul screamed for his breakfast. His parents had to milk two dozen cows morning and night to keep his milk bottle full and his mother had to feed him ten barrels of porrige every two hours to keep his stomach from rumbling and knocking the house down.

Within a week of his birth, Paul Bunyan could fit into his father's clothes. After three weeks, Paul rolled around so much during his nap that he destroyed four square miles of prime timberland. His parents were at their wits' end! They decided to build him a raft and floated it off the coast of Maine. When Paul turned over, it caused a 75 foot tidal wave in the Bay of Fundy. They had to send the British Navy over to Maine to wake him up. The sailors fired every canon they had in the fleet for seven hours straight before Paul Bunyan woke from his nap! When he stepped off the raft, Paul accidentally sank four war ships and he had to scramble around sccooping sailors out of the water before they drowned.

After this incident, Paul's parents decided the East was just too plumb small for him, and so the family moved to Minnesota.



cool very interesting


i real like this story you should tell people where they can fine a copy of this great story.

i liked it

i love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

we like the story!


It was cool, i like the part about the frogs.

i loved it so much

so good

it so awsome

that was the best paul buyan i have ever hread good job!!!!!

i love this story


nice i like it so much it is beutiful

I love Paul Bunyan! He is funny!

i hated it

beast mode


its really funny


good story

i read it to my grandmom and she loved it.


so awesome!!!!!!

this story was the best ever. Iv red something like this be4 in a book.

? Weird.

very intresting

ok story but kinda weird


i love this site called

kinda weierd and scary

the is a cool story

FUNY! =)

i like it

that good story

its ok

i like it too

Do any of you live in Maine?Because Paul Bunyan in like part of our history. :)


this was a great story...

Original and probably one of the best tales that I have ever heard.:)

so cuteeeee!!!!!!!!

so cuteeeee!!!!!!!!

Poor paul nobody loved him;)

Poor paul nobody loved him;)

cool ! :)

great story!ive heard it before in LA.I live i maine so i think its neat!


i like the part about the frogs

love it so imaginative


I like this story because it is very funny,I WONDER if paul could be a sailboat.

Man , this story was so funny and ROFL !!!! LOVE IT !!

i realy like this story

It was supurb!


eheheheheheheheheheheh that's funny

Showed it 2 family. They loved every bit of it!!!


well where's the rest of the story?

this story is awsome

I loved this story

Very Funyy :)) I Likee !!




it is so cool (beasty)

this story is amazing


it was hilarious

Dan Wolf liked this story

The story is put together very well. Good on ya mate.



i loved it

hahahaha cool


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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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