The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
The People Could Fly American Black Folktales Author:Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. In her prize-winning anthology of American Black folktales, The People Could Fly, Hamilton has gathered and retold ... more »a collection of stories that teach us much, move us deeply, and make us laugh out loud.« 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.