The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Author Hamilton, Virginia
Language English
Publisher
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2008




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
  • Folklore
  • Blacks
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • Folklore, Afro-American
  • African Americans
  • Afro-Americans
  • Folklore, Black
  • Folklore.

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • 100 Great Children s Books 100 Years, 2013 , New York Public Library
  • 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
  • Not Just for Children Anymore, 2001 , Children's Book Council
  • 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

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

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

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Texas Reading Club; 2003-2003 Texas
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Nominee 1988-1988 Kentucky

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780679843368, 0679843361
Knopf: (New York:) 1993.

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

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


0375804714, 9780375804717
Alfred A. Knopf (New York:) 2000.

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

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 :

(Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1985)
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. CCBC Category: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature. 1985, Alfred A. Knopf, 180 pages. All ages.
(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)

(Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1985)
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. CCBC Category: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature. 1985, Alfred A. Knopf, 180 pages. All ages.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2000] c1985.)

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))

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 ([New York]:), PUBLISHED: p2005.)

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 ([New York]:), PUBLISHED: p2005.)

(Bookbird Reviews)
Virginia Hamilton's creative genius has produced a truly significant book of folklore documented with meticulous research, remarked Henrietta smith, chair of the award jury and children's literature instructor, University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science, Tampa. The people Could Fly is written in the many voices of the regions the black culture encompasses: Africa, Portugal, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Amarica's Deep South. In themes that range from fanciful to humorous to gravely serious, there are variants of traditional tales and other stories uniquely a part of the black culture. Hamilton's masterful use of language makes this a collection that will bring informative pleasure to storytellers and readers of all ages. Superb bookmaking and the dramatic artwork of Leo and Diane Dillon make this a visually handsome volume. Hamilton was the first black to receive the john Newbery Medal, for M.C.Higgins, the Great (Macmillan) in 1975. She also received the 1983 Coretta Cott King Award for authorship of Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush(Pilomel). The art of Dillons addscyet another dimension to this distinguished book a '1920s to 1930s look' capture the technique of the Dillons' inseparable talents and a style designed to give thhe book a '1920s to 1930s look' capture the changing moods and cadences of the stories. Features and expressions of animal and humans are dramatically portrayed in tones of gray, black and white. The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by the Dillons, this collection should be snapped up. 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.
(PUBLISHER: Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1993 c1985.)

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: 1993 c1985.)

(Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1985)
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. CCBC Category: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature. 1985, Alfred A. Knopf, 180 pages. All ages.
(PUBLISHER: Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1993 c1985.)

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: Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1993 c1985.)

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.)

(Bookbird Reviews)
Virginia Hamilton's creative genius has produced a truly significant book of folklore documented with meticulous research, remarked Henrietta smith, chair of the award jury and children's literature instructor, University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science, Tampa. The people Could Fly is written in the many voices of the regions the black culture encompasses: Africa, Portugal, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Amarica's Deep South. In themes that range from fanciful to humorous to gravely serious, there are variants of traditional tales and other stories uniquely a part of the black culture. Hamilton's masterful use of language makes this a collection that will bring informative pleasure to storytellers and readers of all ages. Superb bookmaking and the dramatic artwork of Leo and Diane Dillon make this a visually handsome volume. Hamilton was the first black to receive the john Newbery Medal, for M.C.Higgins, the Great (Macmillan) in 1975. She also received the 1983 Coretta Cott King Award for authorship of Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush(Pilomel). The art of Dillons addscyet another dimension to this distinguished book a '1920s to 1930s look' capture the technique of the Dillons' inseparable talents and a style designed to give thhe book a '1920s to 1930s look' capture the changing moods and cadences of the stories. Features and expressions of animal and humans are dramatically portrayed in tones of gray, black and white. The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by the Dillons, this collection should be snapped up. 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.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf $18.00 $18.99 and $13.00., PUBLISHED: 1985(Alfred A. Knopf $18.00 $18.99 and $13.00., PUBLISHED: 1985))

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2008

Media Type: Computer File
1 sound media player (4 hr.):
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2/08996073)
160514911X
9781605149110
"HDAUDIO."
Previously released by Audio Bookshelf.
Title from Playaway label.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Issued on Playaway a dedicated audio media player.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Audio Bookshelf Four cassettes 4 hrs. Library Ed. $24.95 Four CDs $39.95., 2005

Media Type:

0974171174
9780974171173
[New York]: Audio Bookshelf, 2005

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
4 sound discs (4 hrs.):
(J 398.2)
9780974171180
0974171182
Produced by H. Frederick ; banjo/fiddle performed by Jennifer Armstrong ; harmonica performed by Bruce Boege.
"...Hamilton has gathered and retold a collection of stories that teach us much move us deeply and make us laugh out loud."-Container.
Unabridged.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2/08996073)
9780375804717
0375804714
New York: Scholastic, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
(398.2/08996073)
0590482114
9780590482110
New York: Knopf:, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 Pe 1993
9780679843368
0679843361
Coretta Scott King honor book-illustrator 1986.
Originally published New York: Knopf c1985.
New York: Knopf:, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2/08996073)
0679843361
9780679843368
Reprint. Originally published c1985.
New York: Knopf:, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2/08996073)
9780679843368
0679843361
Reprint. Originally published c1985.
[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 Pe 1985
9780394869254
0394869257
9780394969251
0394969251
Coretta Scott King honor book-illustrator 1986.
New York: Knopf:, 1985

Media Type: Language Material
xii 178 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2/08996073)
0394869257
0394969251
9780394869254
9780394969251
New York: Knopf:, 1985

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

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