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Virginia Hamilton, Newbery Medal winner and recipient of the National Book Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, teams up with two-time Caldecott Medal winners, Leo and Diane Dillon, in this classic collection of American black folktales, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. By turns droll, grisly, and spine-tingling, the 24 stories celebrate the indomitable human spirit, surviving under the most crushing circumstances of slavery. Traditionally, storytelling has helped people to push through sorrow and pain, especially when the stories are saturated with magic, mysticism, and fantasy. Bruh Rabbit, He Lion, Tar Baby, and other animals populate many of the stories. In others, John, the traditional trickster hero, outwits the slave owner time after time to win his freedom.
Included with this very special edition is a CD featuring the commanding voices of Hamilton and actor James Earl Jones. Eleven selections, including "The Peculiar Such Thing," "John and the Devil's Daughter," "A Wolf and Little Daughter," and "The People Could Fly," bring to life the rhythm and lyrical energy of Hamilton's text. Leo and Diane Dillon's strikingly beautiful black and white illustrations continue to mesmerize and haunt the reader. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This widely lauded anthology boasts stunning black-and-white artwork and stirringly told stories with such evocative titles as "The Beautiful Girl of the Moon Tower" and "Wiley, His Mama, and the Hairy Man." All ages.
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Beautiful book. My copy included a cd on which the author and James Earl Jones narrate the stories. I highly recommend this book.Published 2 months ago by Renée P.
Great stories for young and old. I used it as background material for a book report I gave on The Invention of Wings.Published 6 months ago by Arlene K. Wolfgang
I buy a book every year for Christmas, and this was the pick for this year. He loves this book. It has made him understand several concepts about slavery and we have had several... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cyndi Nelson
Thoughtfully curated stories are gathered in this collection with beautiful illustrations.Published 9 months ago by Jay Masanotti