Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Story Books
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Fall 1985 Story Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Illustrator: Leo Dillon
Illustrator: Diane Dillon
Told By: Virginia Hamilton
ISBN: 0394869257
Hardcover Price: $18.99
Paperback Price: $13.00
In the retelling of twenty-four tales, traditional and personal, Virginia Hamilton divides her selections into animal tales, tall tales, supernatural tales, and "slave tales of freedom." The material grows in power and impact, and the title story finishes the book with a sweep of imagery and movement. Her notes, following the stories, discuss their oral origins and discuss their impact on a slave population. The Dillon's illustrations are gray, black, and white vignettes that echo the mood of the text.
Review   ©1985 Parents' Choice

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