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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Hardcover – Picture Book, January 13, 1985

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Humor, magic and mystery underscore the theme of freedom in this collection of stories drawn from the African-American folktale tradition. Renowned for her knowledge of the genre and seamless manner of delivering it, Hamilton comes together with two prize-winning illustrators to contribute yet another hardy volume. It includes gruesome, suspenseful and fanciful accounts of black history, as well as the narratives of "voices from the past," among them, Hamilton's own ancestors. Along with powerfully evocative pictures, the book has a glossary and notes on the origins and different versions of tales. The People Could Fly won the 1986 Coretta Scott King Award.

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Three winners of multiple honors have created this incomparable book. The Dillons illustrate Hamilton's 24 stories with marvelous pictures alive with the spirit of each: sly humor, mystery, pathos and, most powerfully, the human need for freedom. In the author's introduction and notes, we find information on black history, on the original slave storytellers"voices from the past"that include her own ancestors. The stories are given full effect by Hamilton's use of colloquial language, evoking the artless entertainer relating the exploits of "Bruh Rabbit" and other animal tricksters. The reader's emotional response, however, is to the artists' depictions and the author's narrative in "The People Could Fly." They are the slaves from Gulla who, according to legend, escape the master's abuse one day. "They rose on the air. Say they flew away to Free-dom." (All ages).
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  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (January 13, 1985)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0394869257
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0394869254
  • Reading age : 10 - 11 years
  • Lexile measure : 480L
  • Grade level : 5 - 12
  • Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
  • Dimensions : 8.38 x 0.81 x 10.25 inches
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