Listening for the Crack of Dawn: A Master Storyteller Recalls the Appalachia of His Youth

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Audiences at storytelling festivals worldwide are passionate about Donald Davis and his deceptively soft-edged Appalachian stories. Developed in oral performance, Davis'stories resonate in the experiences of his listeners and readers. The fourteen stories in this, his signature title, are so convincingly private as to be universal. The laughter, silent tears, and thunderous applause these stories elicit in live performance and the many repeat-buyers who give the book to friend after friend prompted us to ...

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Overview

Audiences at storytelling festivals worldwide are passionate about Donald Davis and his deceptively soft-edged Appalachian stories. Developed in oral performance, Davis'stories resonate in the experiences of his listeners and readers. The fourteen stories in this, his signature title, are so convincingly private as to be universal. The laughter, silent tears, and thunderous applause these stories elicit in live performance and the many repeat-buyers who give the book to friend after friend prompted us to commemorate them in this anniversary edition.

"A master storyteller recalls the Appalachia of the 1950s"--Container. He tells about his family members, genuine characters.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the best oral tradition, retired minister Davis relates his youth in rural Appalachia in North Carolina in the 1950s. The author admits his reluctance to commit his stories to paper. He need not have worried. The result is a delightful memoir--warm and bittersweet--of his family, friends, and life experiences. At times humorous and at other times heartrending, the separate stories mesh together. The tales take Davis from grade school to high school, where he introduces readers to pals and principals, class toughs and teachers, family and friends. The author's frankness is refreshing, as is his ability to evoke in the reader similar experiences of a gentler age. Highly recommended for most libraries and essential for regional collections.-- Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
School Library Journal
YA-- A charming, humorous chronicle of Davis's coming of age in the 1950s and '60s. Time and place are vividly portrayed through such characters as Carrie Boyd, who in a shrill 6-six-year-old voice announced on the first day of school, ``Look--that little boy wet his pants,'' thus beginning a long lasting love/hate relationship; Miss Daisy, a master teacher who taught every subject through imaginary travels; Dr. York and his miracle cure-all--a dose of molasses; and Daff-knee Garlic, the owner and operator of the ``educational institution for teenagers in all of Nantahala County,'' the drive-in theatre. YAs who like nostalgia such as Ferrol Sams's Run with the Horseman (Peachtree, 1982), or to hear stories of people and places past from older relatives will enjoy this book. They will also see that certain elements of growing up are universal--only the time, place, and people's names change.-- Carol Clark, Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874836059
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: American Storytelling Series
  • Edition description: 10TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,003,203
  • Age range: 4 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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