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Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales

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Brer Rabbit is causing trouble again for his fellow creatures Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, and the rest—this time in an omnibus edition that brings together all the stories from Tales of Uncle Remus, More Tales of Uncle Remus, Further Tales of Uncle Remus, and Last Tales of Uncle Remus.

The Uncle Remus tales, originally written down by Joel Chandler Harris, were first published over a hundred years ago, and serve as the largest collection of African-American folklore. In this four-book ...

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Overview

Brer Rabbit is causing trouble again for his fellow creatures Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, and the rest—this time in an omnibus edition that brings together all the stories from Tales of Uncle Remus, More Tales of Uncle Remus, Further Tales of Uncle Remus, and Last Tales of Uncle Remus.

The Uncle Remus tales, originally written down by Joel Chandler Harris, were first published over a hundred years ago, and serve as the largest collection of African-American folklore. In this four-book series, Julius Lester masterfully retains the flavor of the tales, while dropping the heavy dialect of the Harris originals and adding contemporary language and references— ensuring that the stories will be understood and enjoyed by new generations of readers. And, of course, the stories are beautifully illuminated by the slyly humorous full-color and black-and-white art of Jerry Pinkney. The result is a treasure of a volume that will delight all ages and belongs on every shelf.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803724518
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Phyllis Fogelman Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 188,107
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    Brer Fabulous!!!!

    These are easier to read ,but still great!They are great bedtime stories!We loved them!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    A retelling that does more harm than good

    I bought this book, and quickly bought the Joel Chandler Harris to replace it. Julius Lester doesn't just ease up on the heavy southern dialect, he also removes any story element that might hint at slavery; gone are all the loving interactions between Uncle Remus and the boy, and 'Uncle Remus' is reduced to an empty name devoid of meaning.

    Doing this was a horrible mistake. I read these stories to my young daughter, who is too young yet to learn much about slavery. When the time comes, because we are now reading Harris's original, she will know that Uncle Remus-- a slave-- was a warm, loving, three-dimensional human being; and it will be clear to her why the enslavement of human beings is morally wrong. Lester's whitewashed version dehumanizes Remus, and thus dehumanizes every real-life slave he represents.

    We owe our children better than this. If you are interested in getting this book as a source of stories to read to your children, then go with the Joel Chandler Harris text and learn to handle the dialect. With a little practice, it's really not that hard, and boy, does it get to be fun.

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    Posted January 8, 2010

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