Annie Oakley
John Henry
Paul Bunyan
Pecos Bill
George Washington and the Cherry Tree

A legend is a story of a hero.
Johnny Appleseed
A hero is anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is a person who is able to help another in various ways. A person can become a hero by saving someone who is in danger. Another example of a hero is someone who is there to help others and who gives people strength to face life's difficulties. A hero can be someone who gave up his or her life so another could live. A hero does not always have to show courage. He or she can be afraid but still be a hero through his or her actions.

A legend is a story that is based on fact, but the hero's deeds are exaggerated
as the story is retold.  Johnny Appleseed is a legend based on the life of a real person who lived during the 1700s and part of the 1800s in what is now Ohio or what was then known as the western frontier; the land was not settled by people.

For more information about heroes and legends, visit www.americanfolklore.com. It is a website that contains many of America's folktales, Native American myths and legends and tall tales. You can read a story from every state. You can read about famous characters such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed and many more! 

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