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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Told by Virginia Hamilton.

THE PEOPLE COULD FLY: AMERICAN BLACK FOLKTALES TOLD BY VIRGINIA HAMILTON. 1985/2005. Read by Andrew Barnes. 4 cds. 4 hrs. Audio Bookshelf. 0-97417118-2. $39.95. Vinyl; plot notes. JSA*

The folktales are organized into 4 cds, which group together stories pertaining to animal tales; tales of the real, extravagant, and fanciful; tales of the supernatural; and slave tales of freedom. This grouping makes it easier to find favorite stories in order to listen repeatedly as appropriate. Barnes's astonishing range portrays a multitude of characters with varying emotions, reasoning, bravado and weaknesses. The stories and their diverse characters will mesmerize younger YAs. Older listeners can make interesting contrasts and comparisons to folktales of other cultures, such as Aesop's fables.

Hamilton has compiled meticulous research into these authentic tales passed from generation to generation, culture to culture, with notations at the end of specific tales explaining unique aspects as appropriate. Some tales are funny, others poignant, some ghastly, others inspiring, but all will astound. Highly recommended. Sunnie Grant, Hampton, NH

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advance students and adults. This code will help librarians and teacher working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.

*--The asterisk highlights exceptional books.
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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