African-American Folktales for Young Readersby Richard Young, Judy Dockrey Young
The range and mastery evidenced in the stories selected by Richard and Judy Dockrey Youngveteran storytellers and teachers in their own rightis due in large part to the fact that they include so many favorite stories of acclaimed African and African-American storytellers. Designed to entice even the most reluctant reader, these stories are not only fun to read, but are bound to be repeated and shared. The seven sections – Young Heroes and Heroines, Animal Fables, Trickster Stories, Parables About People, Bigger Than Life, In the Park and in the Dark, and Brother Rabbit Today – are introduced by brief topical essays and include individual story notes to further enhance both the learning and the enjoyment of these stories.
Meet the Author
Judy Dockrey Young Bio:Judy was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, June 25, 1949, to a family that settled Oklahoma before statehood. The Dockreys are of Irish-American Indian extraction, and Judy's mother is a German-Scot-Irish, which gave Judy a varied heritage in a pioneering family.
She attended two-room Star School in the Verdigris River bottom outside Wagoner, Oklahoma, and when the family moved to Rescue, Missouri in 1960, she attended and was graduated from Miller High School. Attending Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield from 1967-1972 she was graduated with a BA in Speech and Theater.
Accepted to the prestigious Dallas Theatre Center in Dallas, Texas, in 1972, she did her master's work in Children's Theater at this (former) branch of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Following her father's nearly fatal heart attack in 1974, Judy returned to help out at the family farm in 1975-1976 and also earned her lifetime Missouri teaching certificate at S.M.S.U.
Two years teaching high school speech and drama at Republic, Missouri, ended when Judy took a position as a character actress and storyteller at Silver Dollar City theme park outside Branson.
Judy has worked at Silver Dollar City as the resident storyteller since 1978. Her work began to gain national recognition with the hundreds of thousands of guests who saw her performances, and with the publication of her first three audiocassettes of storytelling. Nine books of Storytelling followed. 2015 is Judy's 38th year at the theme park. She continues to tell stories five days a week at the Homestead, a hundred-seventy-year-old log cabin.
Married March 27, 1982, to actor-teacher Richard Alan Young, the two have gone on to publish nine books with August House Publishers of Little Rock, Arkansas. Seven nationally-released audio-cassettes featuring Judy and Richard have also been released by August House. And the couple have produced four video tapes.
Judy's live performances have led to appearances at the Exchange Place stage of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the main stages at the Texas Storytelling Festival and San Antonio's Tellabration. In 1996 she appeared as one of the featured tellers at the Texas Storytelling Festival. Many tours, including performances under the auspices of the state humanities councils, have carried her storytelling across the Midwest and Southwest.
Richard Young Bio:
Richard Young and Judy Dockery Young have co-authored nine books. Richard was born in Huntsville Texas, the son of a Scots-English-Seneca-Indian father/college educator and a French-English mother from a pioneering Texas Family, the Farines of the La Reunion settlement outside Dallas that disbanded in 1857.
Richard's father was at one time a Spanish teacher, as was his uncle Homer, and Richard visited Mexico frequently from early childhood. A two-year assignment in Ecuador for the U.S. State Department took the family to Quito, high in the Andes when he was a boy. Returning to the United States, Richard grew up as a Texan with a wide prairie upbringing and a Hispanic flair.
Moving to Siloam Springs, Arkansas when his father assumed a teaching position at a small evangelical university. Richard earned his BA in Romance Languages and an MA in the Humanities. Taking a teaching position during the teacher shortage after he graduated, Richard became a high school teacher where he learned to engage young people with stories.
Richard began summer seasons at Dogpatch, USA, theme park near Jasper, Arkansas, where he rose in seven seasons to become Character Director. When financial troubles hit Dogpatch, he moved first to the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, then to Silver Dollar City theme park outside Branson, Missouri, as a character actor and storyteller. Richard retired from teaching to pursue acting and storytelling full-time.
Married to Judy Elaine Dockrey, Richard and Judy have co-authored nine books. They have appeared on "Storytellers' Theater" on the Americana Network and have been featured performers at Homestead National Monument, Nebraska; Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas.
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