The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus

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It’s been more than a hundred years since the publication of the first Uncle Remus book, and it was in 1955 that all of the delightful and inimitable tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Wolf were gathered together in one volume. All of the animal tales from eight books are here, along with the illustrations which originally accompanied them.

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It’s been more than a hundred years since the publication of the first Uncle Remus book, and it was in 1955 that all of the delightful and inimitable tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Wolf were gathered together in one volume. All of the animal tales from eight books are here, along with the illustrations which originally accompanied them.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"These stories are as American as the stars and stripes, even though they have some of their origins in Africa." Saturday Review
Publishers Weekly
Brer Rabbit and friends return in The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris. Originally issued in 1955 and compiled by folklorist Richard Chase, the collection includes all the original stories (the first of which appeared in 1880), b&w artwork and glossary. Barbara McClintock provides updated jacket art. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
It's fascinating to work through this hefty volume of Uncle Remus stories. It is prefaced by ethnological apologies from Harris, notes on text variations by Chase, and concludes with a very useful amended glossary of word usage. The original illustrations by eminent artists such as Arthur Burdette Frost, Frederick Stuart Church, and J.M Condé are reproduced. Then there are the stories themselves. From today's perspective they are eye-opening reintroductions not only to plantation dialects (the cotton plantation phrases of Uncle Remus are distinguished from the Sea Islands rice plantation dialect of Daddy Jack) but also to an entire way of life long gone. Clever animal stories may be found in most cultures. Going beyond these and their parallels to humans, one discovers period attitudes to witches, ghosts, slavery, plantation life, and Reconstruction, forgotten and now priceless. An extra bonus is finding the original version of the "Three Little Pigs" story, now forever remembered only in its Disney rendition. This becomes a book for social historians¾but do read a few stories to the kids, too. 2002 (orig. 1880-1948), Houghton Mifflin,
— Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618154296
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/27/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 143,613
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Meet the Author

After the first book appeared in 1880, Joel Chandler Harris was deluged with letters from readers all over the country asking for more stories of Brer Rabbit and his friends—so for the remaining years of his life he collected and wrote them. Richard Chase, noted folklorist and author of Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, compiled and edited the volume after Harris’s death, and his occasional footnotes and word definitions contribute to our understanding of the dialect. Chase’s belief in the importance of folktales and Harris’s work is summed up in his foreword: "These tales grew up in the soil of our nation. They came from the soul of a people. They endure."

Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has! Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man “most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.” A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Preface and Dedication
I Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings
1. Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy 3
2. The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story 6
3. Why Mr. Possum Loves Peace 8
4. How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox 11
5. The Story of the Deluge, and How It Came About 13
6. Mr. Rabbit Grossly Deceives Mr. Fox 16
7. Mr. Fox Is Again Victimized 19
8. Mr. Fox Is "Outdone" by Mr. Buzzard 23
9. Miss Cow Falls a Victim to Mr. Rabbit 26
10. Mr. Terrapin Appears upon the Scene 30
11. Mr. Wolf Makes a Failure 34
12. Mr. Fox Tackles Old Man Tarrypin 36
13. The Awful Fate of Mr. Wolf 39
14. Mr. Fox and the Deceitful Frogs 42
15. Mr. Fox Goes a-Hunting, but Mr. Rabbit Bags the Game 45
16. Old Mr. Rabbit, He's a Good Fisherman 47
17. Mr. Rabbit Nibbles Up the Butter 50
18. Mr. Rabbit Finds His Match at Last 53
19. The Fate of Mr. Jack Sparrow 57
20. How Mr. Rabbit Saved His Meat 60
21. Mr. Rabbit Meets His Match Again 64
22. A Story About the Little Rabbits 66
23. Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Bear 69
24. Mr. Bear Catches Old Mr. Bull-Frog 72
25. How Mr. Rabbit Lost His Fine Bushy Tail 75
26. Mr. Terrapin Shows His Strength 78
27. Why Mr. Possum Has No Hair on His Tail 81
28. The End of Mr. Bear 84
29. Mr. Fox Gets into Serious Business 88
30. How Mr. Rabbit Succeeded in Raising a Dust 91
31. A Plantation Witch 94
32. "Jacky-My-Lantern" 98
33. Why the Negro Is Black 102
34. The Sad Fate of Mr. Fox 103
II Nights with Uncle Remus: Myths and Legends of the Old Plantation
1. Mr. Fox and Miss Goose 111
2. Brother Fox Catches Mr. Horse 115
3. Brother Rabbit and the Little Girl 118
4. How Brother Fox Was Too Smart 121
5. Brother Rabbit's Astonishing Prank 124
6. Brother Rabbit Secures a Mansion 127
7. Mr. Lion Hunts for Mr. Man 132
8. The Story of the Pigs 135
9. Mr. Benjamin Ram and His Wonderful Fiddle 139
10. Brother Rabbit's Riddle 143
11. How Mr. Rooster Lost His Dinner 147
12. Brother Rabbit Breaks Up a Party 151
13. Brother Fox, Brother Rabbit, and King Deer's Daughter 155
14. Brother Terrapin Deceives Brother Buzzard 159
15. Brother Fox Covets the Quills 162
16. How Brother Fox Failed to Get His Grapes 166
17. Mr. Fox Figures As an Incendiary 170
18. A Dream and a Story 173
19. The Moon in the Mill-Pond 177
20. Brother Rabbit Takes Some Exercise 181
21. Why Brother Bear Has No Tail 185
22. How Brother Rabbit Frightened His Neighbors 189
23. Mr. Man Has Some Meat 192
24. How Brother Rabbit Got the Meat 195
25. African Jack 199
26. Why the Alligator's Back Is Rough 206
27. Brother Wolf Says Grace 209
28. Spirits, Seen and Unseen 215
29. A Ghost Story 219
30. Brother Rabbit and His Famous Foot 223
31. "In Some Lady's Garden" 230
32. Brother 'Possum Gets in Trouble 235
33. Why the Guinea-Fowls Are Speckled 240
34. Brother Rabbit's Love-Charm 244
35. Brother Rabbit Submits to a Test 247
36. Brother Wolf Falls a Victim 250
37. Brother Rabbit and the Mosquitoes 254
38. The Pimmerly Plum 260
39. Brother Rabbit Gets the Provisions 265
40. "Cutta Cord-La!" 270
41. Aunt Tempy's Story 273
42. The Fire-Test 278
43. The Cunning Snake 282
44. How Brother Fox Was Too Smart 286
45. Brother Wolf Gets in a Warm Place 291
46. Brother Wolf Still in Trouble 294
47. Brother Rabbit Lays In His Beef Supply 299
48. Brother Rabbit and Mr. Wildcat 302
49. Mr. Benjamin Ram Defends Himself 306
50. Brother Rabbit Pretends to Be Poisoned 310
51. More Trouble for Brother Wolf 313
52. Brother Rabbit Outdoes Mr. Man 316
53. Brother Rabbit Takes a Walk 319
54. Old Grinny Granny Wolf 321
55. How Wattle Weasel Was Caught 324
56. Brother Rabbit Ties Mr. Lion 328
57. Mr. Lion's Sad Predicament 332
58. The Origin of the Ocean 334
59. Brother Rabbit Gets Brother Fox's Dinner 338
60. How the Bear Nursed the Little Alligator 341
61. Why Mr. Dog Runs Brother Rabbit 345
62. Brother Wolf and the Horned Cattle 347
63. Brother Fox and the White Muscadines 350
64. Mr. Hawk and Brother Buzzard 353
65. Mr. Hawk and Brother Rabbit 356
66. The Wise Bird and the Foolish Bird 359
67. Old Brother Terrapin Gets Some Fish 361
68. Brother Fox Makes a Narrow Escape 363
69. Brother Fox's Fish-Trap 366
70. Brother Rabbit Rescues Brother Terrapin 369
71. The Night Before Christmas 376
III Daddy Jake, The Runaway: And Short Stories Told After Dark
1. Crazy Sue's Story 385
2. How a Witch Was Caught 389
3. The Little Boy and His Dogs 393
4. How Black Snake Caught the Wolf 400
5. Why the Guineas Stay Awake 404
6. How the Terrapin Was Taught to Fly 407
7. The Creature with No Claws 412
8. Uncle Remus's Wonder Story 414
9. The Rattlesnake and the Plecat 419
10. How the Birds Talk 420
11. The Foolish Woman 427
12. The Adventures of Simon and Susanna 429
13. Brother Rabbit and the Gingercakes 435
14. Brother Rabbit's Courtship 438
IV Uncle Remus and His Friends: Old Plantation Stories, Songs, and Ballads with Sketches of Negro Character
1. Why the Hawk Catches Chickens 447
2. Brother Bear and the Honey Orchard 451
3. Brother Rabbit Has Fun at the Ferry 457
4. Death and the Negro Man 463
5. Where the Harrycane Comes From 465
6. Why Brother Wolf Didn't Eat the Little Rabbits 468
7. Mrs. Partridge Has a Fit 472
8. Brother Fox "Smells Smoke" 475
9. Brother Fox Still in Trouble 479
10. Why Brother Fox's Legs Are Black 483
11. Why Brother Bull Growls and Grumbles 485
12. The Man and the Wild Cattle 490
13. Brother Rabbit Frightens Brother Tiger 495
14. Brother Billy Goat Eats His Dinner 501
15. The King That Talked Biggity 504
16. Brother Rabbit's Money Mint 506
17. Why the Moon's Face Is Smutty 510
18. Brother Rabbit Conquers Brother Lion 511
19. "Heyo, House!" 516
20. According to How the Drop Falls 518
21. A Fool for Luck 521
22. The Man and His Boots 524
23. Brother Mud Turtle's Trickery 527
24. How the King Recruited His Army 532
V Told by Uncle Remus: New Stories of the Old Plantation
1. The Reason Why 541
2. Why Mr. Cricket Has Elbows on His Legs 547
3. How Wiley Wolf Rode in the Bag 556
4. Brother Rabbit's Laughing-Place 564
5. Brother Rabbit and the Chickens 573
6. Little Mister Cricket and the Other Creatures 579
7. When Brother Rabbit Was King 585
8. How Old Craney-Crow Lost His Head 597
9. Brother Fox Follows the Fashion 604
10. Why the Turkey Buzzard Is Bald-Headed 610
11. Brother Deer and King Sun's Daughter 618
12. Brother Rabbit's Cradle 625
13. Brother Rabbit and Brother Bull-Frog 633
14. Why Mr. Dog Is Tame 645
15. Brother Rabbit and the Gizzard-Eater 651
16. Brother Rabbit and Miss Nancy 661
17. The Hard-Headed Woman 666
VI Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit
1. The Creeturs Go to the Barbecue 679
2. Brer Rabbit's Frolic 681
3. Brother Bear's Big House 684
4. Brer Rabbit Treats the Creeturs to a Race 686
5. Brer Rabbit and the Gold Mine 688
6. How Mr. Lion Lost His Wool 691
VII Uncle Remus and the Little Boy
1. The Story of the Doodang 697
2. Brer Rabbit Has Trouble with the Moon 700
3. Brer Rabbit Causes Brer Fox to Lose His Hide 703
4. How Brer Rabbit Saved Brer B'ar's Life 706
5. The Story of Teenchy-Tiny Duck 709
6. The Story of Brer Fox and Little Mr. Cricket 719
VIII Uncle Remus Returns
1. Brother Rabbit's Bear Hunt 729
2. Impty-Umpty and the Blacksmith 738
3. Taily-po 748
4. Brother Rabbit, Brother Fox, and Two Fat Pullets 758
5. How Brother Rabbit Brought Family Trouble on Brother Fox 767
6. The Most Beautiful Bird in the World 775
IX Seven Tales of Uncle Remus
1. Mr. Crow and Brother Buzzard Two Little Tales As Told by Old Uncle Remus 789
2. Mr. Goat's Short Tail 792
3. The Baby and the Punkins 795
4. Two Plantation Stories
Brother Rabbit's Barbecue 797
How Brother Bear Exposed Brother Rabbit at the Barbecue 799
5. Brother Bear Learns to Comb His Head 802
6. Why the Bear Is a Wrestler 804
7. Brother Rabbit Doesn't Go to See Aunt Nancy 806
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    old book

    I have a book called Uncle Remus, His songs and his sayings. It is so old it is fragile. How do I keep the pages from failing to pieces ? It is one of the first copyrights.

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    Posted July 16, 2013

    High recommended

    Gave the book to my daughter, who loved it. As a child I heard most of Uncle Remus story's and loved the video of bare rabbit by Disney. Which I bought for my grandson.

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