The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

by Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, and Diane Dillon

The first comprehensive anthology of American black folklore selected especially... read more

The first comprehensive anthology of American black folklore selected especially for children includes 24 exquisitely crafted, individually developed tales: trickster tales, tall tales, ghost and devil tales and stories of liberation and freedom. The author's impressive use of Black English from several cultures and her accessible historical notes for each tale distinguish this unique work. The artists' 40 stunning stylized black and white illustrations accompanying the tales, and the harmony of all book design elements provide a handsome presentation of stories for families to share, scholars to study and individuals of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Hamilton handles information about the Joel Chandler Harris texts with dignity, placing those versions of traditional tales into historical and cultural contexts. This may be the most important book published in 1985. Winner, 1985 CCBC Newbery Discussion. (All ages)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1985

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