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Extended Audio Sample The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, by Virginia Hamilton
2.43 out of 52.43 out of 52.43 out of 52.43 out of 52.43 out of 5 2.43 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Hamilton Narrator: Andrew Barnes Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/3/2010

    " Folk tales of African and perhaps Native american origins. My favorite being the title of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 10/22/2010

    " Great folktales and pictures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 6/21/2010

    " I grew up on this one as an audio tape and absolutely loved it. It's definitely something I plan to pass on to my own kids when the time comes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 3/10/2010

    " Wonderful collection of Black folktales on slavery. Every mother of color should read this collection to her child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/24/2009

    " I love the stories in this book, but not always the writing. This is a book that reminds me that folktales are meant to be played with. The stories are there, with a hint at how to elaborate on them in the telling. Dialect adds flavor, but these stories are meant to be told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/17/2009

    " The definitive collection of Aftican-American folk tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 8/19/2009

    " This book is good for teaching and introducing slavery. teaches children they can do what ever they set their minds to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 1/27/2009

    " American Black folktales retold for children with the flavor of oral tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/10/2009

    " A collection of traditional African-American tales told in dialect, including the well-known Briar (Bruh) Rabbit tales. Few illustrations indicate that the stories should be read aloud. Notes after each story explain the origins of each tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/29/2008

    " This is a folktale about people escaping slavery in the American South by flying away. It is beautiful but heartbreaking in light of the reality of slavery. Gorgeous writing, illustrations, and presentation. Made me want to cry, even looking through it to summarize several days after reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/4/2008

    " This book has old African American folktales. They are written with accents, in other words they are not perfect english. Some of the stories include, Brur Rabbit and Brur Fox. I enjoyed reading these and realizing that american folktales are really a compilation of other cultures folktales. "

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