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Children's LiteratureThis richly illustrated, read-aloud volume is a unique collection of imaginative and fascinating African American tales. It sets the stage for many wonderful journeys through the lively art of storytelling. Providing the ideal forum for activity between adult and child, each story can be read in about ten minutes. This is ample time to transport both reader and listener to a world of bright colors and intriguing traditions. Masterfully edited and beautifully displayed, this sizeable book makes each reading experience a satisfying one. Myths, fables, fairytales and folklore paint a panoramic feast for both mind and eye. It is sure to be in demand not only for its enjoyment value, but also for its instructive worth. There are biographies of famous African American heroes and villains and lessons in simple morality. Take the greedy Anansi, for instance. He thinks he can easily trick Guinea Fowl into becoming his dinner, but he winds up being hers instead. A myth about Tanganyika shows how the inability to admit a mistake leads to unintended consequences. And the spirit and dignity of Harriet Jacobs proves that even terrible hardships like slavery can result in great strength of character. This book will become a lifelong favorite in many homes and classrooms. 2004, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Ages 4 to 7.