The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Author Hamilton, Virginia
Language English
Publisher
Audio Bookshelf Four cassettes 4 hrs. Library Ed. $24.95 Four CDs $39.95., 2005




Annotation:

He Lion, Bruh Bear, and Bruh Rabbit -- The peculiar such thing -- How Nehemiah got free -- The talking cooter -- John and the devil's daughter -- Tappin, the land turtle -- Papa John's tall tale -- A wolf and little daughter -- Better wait till Martin comes -- Little eight John -- Doc Rabbit, Bruh Fox, and Tar Baby -- The people could fly.



Subjects :

  • Tales
  • Folklore
  • African Americans
  • Folklore
  • Folklore, Black
  • Folklore, Afro-American

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Tenth Edition, 1988 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss , 1991 Indiana Library Federation
  • 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read, 2006 Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Bank Street College of Education
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year, 1985 Winner United States
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1986 Honor Book United States
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1986 Winner United States
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1986 Winner United States
  • Parents' Choice Award, 1985 Gold United States
  • Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Gold United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Texas Reading Club, 2003; Texas
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1988; Nominee Kentucky
  • Texas Reading Club, 1998; Texas

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780679843368, 0679843361
Alfred A. Knopf $18.00 $18.99 and $13.00. () 1985.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 660
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 6


9780394869254, 0394969251, 0394869257
Knopf: (New York:) 1985.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure AD480L
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 6


0590482114
Scholastic (New York:) 1994.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 680
Accelerated Reader Points

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Reviews :

Debra Briatico (Children's Literature)
This classic collection contains twenty-four tales, stories, and riddles about animals, fantasy and the supernatural handed down by African slaves before and during the Civil War period. These stories, born out of the sorrow of slaves, focus on freedom and triumph and bring hope to all who read them. Bruh Rabbit and the Two Johns are just some of the fascinating characters featured in this enchanting anthology. Dillon's mystical and inspiring black-and-white illustrations perfectly complement Hamilton's well-written prose. 1985, Alfred A. Knopf, $18.00, $18.99 and $13.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf $18.00 $18.99 and $13.00., PUBLISHED: 1985)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
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. (Feb.)
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf $18.00 $18.99 and $13.00., PUBLISHED: 1985)

Phyllis Rogers (Audiofile, February/March 2005)
As performed by Andrew Barnes, this prize-winning text, compiled by the illustrious Virginia Hamilton, is a gem. The only discordant notes in the four hours are banjo, fiddle, and harmonica playing that are more Appalachian than black vernacular music. This trans-cendent audio work entertains a multiplicity of generations and races. It enables us to understand the ways a people survived slavery and the racism that followed, continued folkways, and maintained their sense of the ridiculous in the face of unbearable oppression. These stories, however, are not about race. They are about the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. P.R. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2005 (orig. 1985), Audio Bookshelf, Four cassettes, 4 hrs., Library Ed., $24.95, Four CDs, $39.95. Ages 4 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Audio Bookshelf Four cassettes 4 hrs. Library Ed. $24.95 Four CDs $39.95., PUBLISHED: 2005 (orig. 1985))

Sunnie Grant (KLIATT Review, July 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 4))
The folktales are organized into 4 cds, which group together stories pertaining to animal tales; tales of the real, extravagant, and fanciful; tales of the supernatural; and slave tales of freedom. This grouping makes it easier to find favorite stories in order to listen repeatedly as appropriate. Barnes's astonishing range portrays a multitude of characters with varying emotions, reasoning, bravado and weaknesses. The stories and their diverse characters will mesmerize younger YAs. Older listeners can make interesting contrasts and comparisons to folktales of other cultures, such as Aesop's fables. Hamilton has compiled meticulous research into these authentic tales passed from generation to generation, culture to culture, with notations at the end of specific tales explaining unique aspects as appropriate. Some tales are funny, others poignant, some ghastly, others inspiring, but all will astound. Highly recommended. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: JSA*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005 (orig. 1985), Audio Bookshelf, 4 cds. 4 hrs.; Vinyl; plot notes., $39.95. Ages 12 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Audio Bookshelf Four cassettes 4 hrs. Library Ed. $24.95 Four CDs $39.95., PUBLISHED: 2005 (orig. 1985))

Debra Briatico (Children's Literature)
This classic collection contains twenty-four tales, stories, and riddles about animals, fantasy and the supernatural handed down by African slaves before and during the Civil War period. These stories, born out of the sorrow of slaves, focus on freedom and triumph and bring hope to all who read them. Bruh Rabbit and the Two Johns are just some of the fascinating characters featured in this enchanting anthology. Dillon's mystical and inspiring black-and-white illustrations perfectly complement Hamilton's well-written prose. 1985, Alfred A. Knopf, $18.00, $18.99 and $13.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1985.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
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).
(PUBLISHER: Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1985.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Audio Bookshelf Four cassettes 4 hrs. Library Ed. $24.95 Four CDs $39.95., 2005

Media Type:

0974171174
9780974171173
New York: Scholastic, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
(398.2/08996073)
0590482114
9780590482110
[New York N.Y.]: Knopf, 1987

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
1 sound cassette (78 min.):
PZ8.1.H154
0394893018
9780394893013
In container (18 cm.)
"A Knopf cassette classic."
Contains twelve recorded stories from the book of the same title.
Alfred A. Knopf $18.00 $18.99 and $13.00., 1985

Media Type:

0679843361
9780679843368
Knopf, 1985

Media Type: Kit
1bk. and 1ct.
398.2
0021133433
9780021133437
New York: Knopf:, 1985

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2/08996073)
0394869257
0394969251
9780394869254
9780394969251

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