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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | [Virginia Hamilton]

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. In her prize-winning anthology of American Black folktales, The People Could Fly, Hamilton has gathered and retold a collection of stories that teach us much, move us deeply, and make us laugh out loud.
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Publisher's Summary

Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. In her prize-winning anthology of American Black folktales, The People Could Fly, Hamilton has gathered and retold a collection of stories that teach us much, move us deeply, and make us laugh out loud.

Savor this bridge to both the past and the future of a people and a nation as you hear these timeless tales brilliantly performed by Andrew Barnes.

©1985 Virginia Hamilton; (P)2005 Audio Bookshelf

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    Ann USA 02-21-08
    Ann USA 02-21-08
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    "Fly Indeed"

    I liked the book cover so I bought this book for a young lady. I started to browse to make sure it was appropriate for her and the book caught me and I found myself reading it from cover to cover. Excellent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Avis Kernersville, NC, United States 04-08-12
    Avis Kernersville, NC, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining and educational"
    Would you listen to The People Could Fly again? Why?

    The stories were fun and in the process my daughter and I learned much from the historic facts included in the audio.


    What other book might you compare The People Could Fly to and why?

    Is the first time I read / hear this type of literature.


    What does Andrew Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is powerful, magical, it demands your attention.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for quality time with your young one. Great dialogue starter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon middletown, MD, United States 08-07-12
    sharon middletown, MD, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fun and informative"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't care for the narrator.'s voice The music between segments seemed really loud in comparison to the narration


    Would you recommend The People Could Fly to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes The history of the different stories was very interestingI enjoyed the tales. But I love the Uncle Remus any way.My father used a lot of the techinques of the American Black folklore in his story telling when I was a child. So this made me think about my father a lot.


    Did Andrew Barnes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    You really didn't need to differentate the characters as there we usually only two peopleinvolved within the narative


    Could you see The People Could Fly being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NoIt did make me think of the movie Song of the SouthI wish that Disney would release it again. It's part of our history and the tales just make you smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the book and will more than likely listen to it again. I rarely listen or read a book more than once

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. E. Wren Maryland 04-28-12
    R. E. Wren Maryland 04-28-12 Member Since 2009

    Avid reader. Native Baltimorean. Older male. College-educated.

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    "Good narrator, disappointing stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narration was enjoyable. The stories seemed better suited to children. All in all I am ambivalent about wheter the time I listened to the stories was well spent. For stories supposedly from African-Americans I didn't get the impression they were that authenic.


    Would you recommend The People Could Fly to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. The stories were not compelling, in my view.


    What does Andrew Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent portrayal of dialects. Clear wording. He added a lot to the story experience.


    Was The People Could Fly worth the listening time?

    One or two stories were very entertaining. I especially liked the story about two Johns. And the tale was less than 4 hours.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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