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Royal octavo, gray & blue boards (hardcover), gilt letters, 178 pp. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: This major contribution to children's literature brings the fascinating range of American black folktales and humor to all children. In this treasury we hear the voice of Newbery medal winner Virginia Hamilton -- a voice that echoes the slaves and fugitives from her own American black ancestry as she tells the stories that kept their culture alive. Here are the spirited trickster tales where the wily Bruh Rabbit outwits larger and stronger animals; robust tall tales filled with riddles and laughter; spine-chilling ghost and devil tales; and finally the moving tales of freedom, including true slave narratives as well as fantasy escapes exemplified by the hauntingly beautiful title story, ÒThe People Could Fly.Ó In their forty stunning illustrations, Caldecott Medal winners Leo and Diane Dillon richly evoke the vitality, humor, and poignancy of these unique stories, making this a book to linger over and look at again and again. Together, these twenty-four selections represent the main body of black folklore and bring us close to the hearts and minds of the people who first told them and passed them on to us. Written in such a way that all readers and storytellers can capture the fullness and rhythm of each tale, The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales is a triumphant celebration of the human spirit.
Title: The People Could Fly. American Black Folktales told by Virginia Hamilton. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.
Location Published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (2000).
Categories: African American History
Seller ID: 10033gcs