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Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) Hardcover – November 1, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Hamilton's book is divided into five sections: (1) Her Animal Tales, (2) Her Fairy Tales, (3) Her Supernatural, (4) Her Folkways and Legends, and (5) Her True Tales. Each section contains an average of four stories, accompanied by informative and entertaining background historical data.
Young readers will love the author's prose and the illustrators' beautiful paintings. Older readers and parents will gain a greater appreciation for a culture that has been too long ignored.
These stories are as valid and fanciful as any of their more familiar European counterparts.
The book ends with a list of valuable resources where one can find other examples of African-American folklore.
"Her Stories" is a delightful collection of nineteen stories from African American culture, retold by award-winning author Virginia Hamilton. The stories are divided into five categories: Her Animal Tales, Her Fairy Tales, Her Supernatural, Her Folkways and Legends, and Her True Tales. Each story focuses on a female, African American protagonist, and is about 3-4 pages in length. Hamilton's writing is vivid and colorful, yet remains simple enough that younger readers should have no trouble. The stories would also be great to read aloud. While Hamilton has translated the tales into contemporary language for easier understanding, she leaves a few conventions from Creole, Gullah, and other forms of speech that are best read aloud for full effect.
The book is also a great study in African American literary and oral tradition, and is suitable for adults as well as children. Each story is followed by commentary from the author, providing the history of the tale, how it reflects African American heritage, explanation of any unusual aspects of the story, and any additional points of interest. Some of the stories are based in history, and others are entirely ficitonal. Some bear likenesses to more familiar tales as well - "Catskinella" is an alternative form of the popular Cinderella story, and "Little Girl and Buh Rabby," comes from the tradition of Brer Rabbit stories.
"Her Stories" is also beautifully illustrated, bringing out the best in each tale. At the end of the book Hamilton has included some reflections on her own childhood, and how her mother influenced her decision to compile stories about strong African American women. This book is perfect for anyone, young or old and of any culture, interested in reading traditional folklore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The books weren't in meant condition. Both books I order end were dented, which was a bummer for me. Not 100% satisfied.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is great for girls of all Hues! There are very little options for little black girls so my daughter and nieces were wanted me to keep reading over and over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BeeLieve
I'm giving these to my sisters, I'm reading mine and I know that they'll enjoy them also.Published 14 months ago by sailasails2
These stories did not sit well with me for reading to my daughter for bed time stories. They were on the spooky side. Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by Dionne Francis
Virginia Hamilton has compiled a fascinating collection of stories that are useful for home studies and sharing as well as in schools. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Brenda H. Marley
I sent the this book to my mom to read to my nieces and nephews it can on time in great condisiton and has wonderful stories for everyone boys, girls, white, black, yellow, brown.. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Fallyn Thomas