Our Tall Tale Project
Mrs. Gilbride’s and Mrs. Bousquet’s Classes - South Berwick Central School 2011
We started out with facts about two farmers who lived in the 1880’s. We needed to add exaggerations and real things to our stories because those are important parts of a tall tale. We also started out with some help from Mrs. Keim at the Counting House. We split up into seven groups and each group wrote a story about Turnip and Beet. We had to work hard on listening to each other and we learned to compromise so everyone got to be involved in the writing.
James (Turnip) Chaney and John (Beet) Chaney were brothers who farmed in Tatnic in the late 1800s. In a story handed down through the generations to the present day, these two farmers were referred to by the local people as Turnip and Beet, because they each had their special crops. The Chaneys’ farms were located south of today’s Route 9 in Wells. North of them, the Boston and Maine railroad ran from Portland to Boston. The family story is that the brothers hauled their produce by wagon to the train tracks. The train would be flagged down – and beets or turnips loaded onto the train, bound for the large cities.
Click here to read the tall tales the children wrote, based on those facts: