Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales
Phyllis Fogelman Books, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 696 pages
Brer Rabbit is causing trouble again for his fellow creatures Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, and the rest--this time in an omnibus edition that brings together all the stories from Tales of Uncle Remus, More Tales of Uncle Remus, Further Tales of Uncle Remus, and Last Tales of Uncle Remus.
The Uncle Remus tales, originally written down by Joel Chandler Harris, were first published over a hundred years ago, and serve as the largest collection of African-American folklore. In this four-book series, Julius Lester masterfully retains the flavor of the tales, while dropping the heavy dialect of the Harris originals and adding contemporary language and references-- ensuring that the stories will be understood and enjoyed by new generations of readers. And, of course, the stories are beautifully illuminated by the slyly humorous full-color and black-and-white art of Jerry Pinkney. The result is a treasure of a volume that will delight all ages and belongs on every shelf.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Now when I was growing up these were very controversial stories. I guess these are retold with more of the original backgrounds. This particular version has the Coretta Scott King award, so it must be a good one. I read Brer Rabbit and The Tar Baby. Brer Fox tricks Brer Rabbit by creating a "baby" out of tar. Brer Rabbit tries to communicate with the baby and gets angry when he gets no response. He soon ends up stuck tight to the tar baby. Brer Fox tosses him into a briar patch to further his pain and humiliation but finds out that Brer Rabbit easily frees himself, saying how he was raised in a briar patch. An enjoyable set of fables from the south.
Review: Uncle Remus: The Complete TalesUser Review - Goodreads
This book is good even if some of the stories were changed to meet the times. Example: In the story where rabbit races turtle, I don't think the original had rabbit wearing a jogging suit, head band ...