The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, Volume 1

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Knopf, 1985 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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"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."--(starred) School Library Journal.  

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Plot Critique: The book has a very fast paced plot. - LibraryThing
Dillon illustrations are powerful, inspiring. - LibraryThing
The illustrations are amazing and so vivid. - LibraryThing
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This book is a collection of african american folktales that describe the history of african america and the heritage of the writer Virginia Hamilton. There is also a glossary and notes that further add to the stories that are told in the book by giving more detail and history behind the story.

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After reading The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd, I decided to follow the author's suggestion and re-read this African tale. Being able to fly away from their misery is an uplifting thought and ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Virginia Hamilton, storyteller, lecturer, and biographer, was born and raised in Yellow Springs, OH, which is said to be a station on the Underground Railroad.  Her grandfather settled in the village after escaping slavery in Virginia. She was educated at Antioch College and Ohio State University and did further study in literature and the novel at the New School for Social Research. Virginia was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M.C. Higgins the Great.  Since then, she has won three Newbery Honors and three Coretta Scott King Awards.  In 1992, Virginia was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, which is presented every two years by the International Board on Books for Young People, in recognition of her entire body of work. Virginia writes first for the pleasure of using words and language to evoke characters and their world, and in historical accounts such as Anthony Burns, the lives of real people.  Secondly, Hamilton writes to entertain, to inspire in people the desire to read on and on good books made especially for them.