The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Audiobook, by Virginia Hamilton Play Audiobook Sample

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Audiobook

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Audiobook, by Virginia Hamilton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Andrew L. Barnes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781609989194

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Longest Chapter Length:

20:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:35 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

09:00 minutes

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Publisher Description

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 a collection of stories that teach us much, move us deeply, and make us laugh out loud.

Savor this bridge to both the past and the future of a people and a nation as you hear these timeless tales brilliantly performed by Andrew Barnes.

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"I remember my parents reading this to me at bedtime. This was one of my favorite books as a child. Such great memories! "

— Ginger Brown (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “The well-known author here retells twenty-four black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice…beautifully readable.”

    — School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “[Hamilton] tells the story with a simple power that will make this a classic collection of all ages.”

    — ALA Booklist (starred review)
  • “Seldom has this ancient literature been made available to younger readers. Fortunately, Virginia Hamilton, the distinguished children’s author, has corrected this absence with her extraordinary and wonderful The People Could Fly.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Stirringly told stories.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Well-written prose.”

    — Children’s Literature


  • New York Times Notable Book
  • A Children’s ALA Notable Book
  • A Books for Youth Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • A Parents' Choice Award Recording

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About Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton (1936–2002) grew up in rural Ohio among an extended family and generations of storytellers. Her grandfather, Levi Perry, was brought by his mother from Virginia slavery to Ohio via the Underground Railroad. She received nearly every award in the field of children’s literature, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Newbery Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Award.

About Andrew L. Barnes

Andrew L. Barnes graduated from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. His theater and music experience includes work with the Ensemble Theater Company, the Cincinnati Opera Company, and the Sorg Opera Company.