Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales
Her Stories African American Folktales Fairy Tales and True Tales Author:Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) Dedicated to our mothers and grandmothers, aunts and great-aunts, Her Stories is a spirited celebration of our strength, our dreams, and the precious gift of life and love from generation to generation. — Gracefully told by Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton, the nineteen stores in this book focus on the magical lore and wondrous imaginings of Af... more »rican American women. Vibrant paintings by Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon glow with the drama and mystery of each tale while reflecting the warmth and beauty of the people who first told them.
From the lighthearted trickster tales such as "Little Girl and Buh Rabby" to the enchanted world of "Mary Belle and the Mermaid", Her Stories presents a broad range of folktales, fairy tales, and legendary women. Annie Christmas, the notorious seven-foot-tall riverboat operator, shares the stage with Cat Woman, a New Orleans vampire; tiny fairy folk make a rare appearance, and the unforgettable Catskinella, a strong-minded beauty, outwits her father and goes on the win her prince. Closing the book, three true autobiographical stories provide readers with intimate personal accounts of events in African-American history, from slave times to the present.
Together, stories, illustrations, and the author's notes combine to create a remarkable book that honors our heritage while giving us hope and inspiration for the future.
Her animal tales: Little girl and Buh Rabby --
Lena and big one tiger --
Marie and redfish --
Miz Hattie gets some company --
Her fairy tales: Catskinella --
Good Blanche, bad Rose, and the talking eggs --
Mary Belle and the mermaid --
Mom Bett and the little ones a-glowing --
Her supernatural: Who you! --
Macie and Boo Hag --
Lonna and cat woman --
Malindy and little devil --
Her folkways and legends: Woman and man started even --