The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales


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"The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by the Dillons, this collection should be snapped up."—(starred) School Library Journal.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679843368
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 193,366
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

Virginia Hamilton, storyteller, lecturer, and biographer, was born and raised in Yellow Springs, OH, which is said to be a station on the Underground Railroad.  Her grandfather settled in the village after escaping slavery in Virginia. She was educated at Antioch College and Ohio State University and did further study in literature and the novel at the New School for Social Research. Virginia was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M.C. Higgins the Great.  Since then, she has won three Newbery Honors and three Coretta Scott King Awards.  In 1992, Virginia was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, which is presented every two years by the International Board on Books for Young People, in recognition of her entire body of work. Virginia writes first for the pleasure of using words and language to evoke characters and their world, and in historical accounts such as Anthony Burns, the lives of real people.  Secondly, Hamilton writes to entertain, to inspire in people the desire to read on and on good books made especially for them.  

Date of Birth:

March 12, 1936

Date of Death:

February 19, 2002

Place of Birth:

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Place of Death:

Yellow Springs, Ohio


Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research

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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tales in this book, along with the illustrations, bring the folklore of an entire people to life. Fairy tales, magic and charisma make up what is written here and the tales are for all children to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book for children of all ages. There is also a video of the book in limited release. Buy it, its a wonderful gives a great view of black peoples history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child and I fell in love with it! I was absolutely heart broken when I lost it. I have been searching for this book since then but I couldn't remember the name until recently. This is a good to give to child and the young at heart. The stories are so rich with culture that you will be drawn in almost immediately.
laurieleewalsh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Story of the Creation by Jane Ray is a lovely illustrated book. The sectioned layouts and the colors are amazing. The story was from Genesis; I thought this was a wonderful way to share the story and to make it memorable to youngsters. It is also a reminder about how the story of creation is such a great story.
MeredithYvonne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The People Could Fly is a children's book which is a collection of folktales. I had to read this in 5th grade and have loved it ever since. My favorite story is the final one called "The People Could Fly" which tells the story of slaves who finally escaped the fields by flying away.
briannap More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. My favorite folktale in the book is Carrying the Running-Aways. I liked it because it was interesting,well put together,and all the facts were GREAT! I have read more folktales in the book. Another thing i liked about the book is that the drawing were realistic. Leo and Diane Dillon did a great job on the illustration. Virginia Hamilton gave a lot of facts in the introduction that the internet doesn't give. A interesting facts about the book is that at the end of Carrying the Running-Aways Virginia Hamilton put that her mother is Levi Perry's oldest daughter. I would highly recommend this book for people who are doing report on Black Folktales.