The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
The People Could Fly American Black Folktales Author:Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton tells 24 stories that kept her ancestors' culture alive during slavery, from spirited animal trickster tales and robust tall tales to spine-chilling tales of the supernatural and moving narratives of slaves in search of freedom. Twelve of these tales are on the 78-minute CD, including the hauntingly beautiful t... more »itle story, "The People Could Fly." Booklist praised the recording as "an outstanding and most welcome production that both complements and extends the original work."« less
Virginia Hamilton, author of many children's and teen novels, retells several African-American folktales of "animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope." (from the LC Cataloging in Publication Data)
Hamilton is a wonderful storyteller and the book has won many awards.
One edition of this book contains a cd of Hamilton reading some of the stories, and she is a fine reader, too.
Added to the charm are the illustrations of Leo and Diane Dillon.