Paul Bunyan stories delight Crosby-Ironton kindergartners
The Crosby-Ironton kindergartners learned a little more about Paul Bunyan last Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20, during their spring field trip to the US Army Corps of Engineers Campground and Recreation area in Crosslake. The site is home to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association’s Exhibit Room where the young students gathered after lunch to view the world’s largest Paul Bunyan Rag Doll and to hear a little about the Byway itself as well as enjoy some good ol’ Paul Bunyan tall tales.
Nearly all the students had heard of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox. The age-old question of whether Paul Bunyan was ever a real person was asked by students from both groups. But, the most fun, by far, was listening to the Bunyan tall tales. The stories were read by PBSBA chair, Lynn Scharenbroich, who also taught the students to sing the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway jingle.
The Pequot Lakes Library supplied some of the stories. Two others were written by residents; Paul Bunyan’s Pots and Pans Drum Band by Rod Nelson and the story of Timothy Burr, written by Dave Skyberg.
Each student received a Byway gift pack that included a Byway map, a copy of the Timothy Burr story and an iron-on transfer of the Byway logo. The Friday group had requested Paul Bunyan cookies, complete with the edible logo in the middle and Babe-blue frosting piped around the outside edge of the cookie.
At the end of the half-hour sessions, each group became a rendition of a modern Pots and Pans Drum Band, without the pots and pans. They kept their rhythm by clapping and marching, eventually marching right out of the room and on to the Historic Log Village, the next stop of their field trip.