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A Nevada Tall Tale 


Nevada rivers empty into a series of small lakes which have no visible outlets. These lakes are called sinks because the water just sinks away. It is said that Nevada’s sinks were created when the Lord God, having finished two mighty rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi, decided to make a third river, grander than the others, for Nevada. He made eight smaller rivers which were to be branches for his master river. By then, night had fallen, so God decided to finish his project the next day. God tucked the ends of the eight rivers in to keep them safe overnight. But when the next day came, God got busy with other things and forgot all about his master river. The rivers were just left the way they were. The sinks have been there ever since.

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S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. 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.