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    The young woman lifted one foot in the air Then the other She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms Then she felt the magic, the African mystery Say she rose just as free as a bird As light as a feather.This cherished image of escape from slavery is one of the most famous in all of folklore What about the rest of the book I would almost recommend that you read it in reverse it felt to me like the stories got steadily better near the end.The stories are divid The young woman lifted one foot in the air Then the other She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms Then she felt the magic, the African mystery Say she rose just as free as a bird As light as a feather.This cherished image of escape from slavery is one of the most famous in all of folklore What about the rest of the book I would almost recommend that you read it in reverse it felt to me like the stories got steadily better near the end.The stories are divided into four groups The first group is talking animal stories a mix of trickster stories and Just So stories It was my least favorite part of the book I am not predisposed to talking animals, and the heavy dialect made it hard for me to catch the cadence of the story telling The author calls it dialect, although modern linguists might call it an older form of AAE.The second batch is fantastical stories that feel a lot like a classic Grimm s quest with magical objects tale As with the talking animal tales and the whole book , these are given added weight by the slavery subtext the weak outwit the strong and escape is imperative.The third batch feature the Devil or supernatural haunts of one kind or another I loved every one of these and could have used a dozenThey are just my mix of creepiness, tricksterism, and fantasy.The fourth section is the most famous folk tales that are explicitly about escape from slavery The title story is the very last, and also the most powerful In it, there are some people who can fly, but the overseers and slave owners are blind to this inner beauty In the end, the slave owners are deceived by their own racism This story is also available as a stand alone picture book with full color illustrations

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    If you can manage to get a hold of an edition that includes the CD done by Hamilton and James Earl Jones, please do so The two of them do a fantastic job I really enjoyed this collection, but I have never usedformats to listen to a book as I did with this collection I read the titular story out of the picture book.Then I listened to the Audio CD included in this book which only has about half the tales and none of the notes but it s fantastic Then I flipped through the hardback to loo If you can manage to get a hold of an edition that includes the CD done by Hamilton and James Earl Jones, please do so The two of them do a fantastic job I really enjoyed this collection, but I have never usedformats to listen to a book as I did with this collection I read the titular story out of the picture book.Then I listened to the Audio CD included in this book which only has about half the tales and none of the notes but it s fantastic Then I flipped through the hardback to look at the pictures and notes for the tales I d listened to.Then I listened to most of the rest of the stories in a full collection narrated by Andrew Barnes This one does include the end notes, and Barnes is a decent narrator, but he doesn t hold a candle to James Earl Jones Then I read the last couple of tales from the hardback and looked at all of the illustrations.So 4 different formats for one book I think that s a record for me at least

  3. says:

    Lovely illustrations and wonderful folk tales.

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    The People Could Fly is a folk tale because it includes in it its four parts The first part that it includes is that it must have supernatural powers For example, in this folktale the supernatural powers are that people could fly and magic Kumyali, kum buba tambe, andmagic words, said so quickly, they sounded like whispers and sighs.The young woman lifted one foot on the air Then the other She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms The she felt the ma The People Could Fly is a folk tale because it includes in it its four parts The first part that it includes is that it must have supernatural powers For example, in this folktale the supernatural powers are that people could fly and magic Kumyali, kum buba tambe, andmagic words, said so quickly, they sounded like whispers and sighs.The young woman lifted one foot on the air Then the other She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms The she felt the magic, the African mystery Say she rose just as free as a bird As light as a feather Page 2, paragraphs 19 and 20 The second part of a folktale is that it passes from generation to generation and doesn t have an author This might be a bit confusing because in the tittle it says that its written by Virginia Hamilton But she didn t create it, instead, she wrote the folktale in a book The third rule that needs to be in a folktale is that it must have a theme, and in this folktale the theme is that if you want something you need to say it Take us with you Their looks spoke it, but they were afraid to shout it Toby couldn t take them with him Hadn t the time to teach them to fly They must wait for a chance to run Goodie bye the old man called Toby spoke to them, poor souls And he was flyin gone So they say The Overseer told it The one called Master said it was a lie, a trick of the light The Driver kept his mouth shut Page 2, paragraph 28 The fourth and last part of a folktale is that it must show a culture, which in this one is an African Culture They say the people could fly Say that long ago in Africa, some of the people knew magic And they would walk up on the air like climbin up on a gate And they flew like blackbirds over the fields Black, shiny wings flappin against the blue up there

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    A Wolf and Little Daughter is an American Black folktale It takes place in a house and in a forest The cause of the problem is the wolf he wouldn t stop chasing Little Daughter Three main events are Papa tells Little Daughter, No, when she asks if she could go to the forest and out of the gate because she saw a beautiful flower Papa went off the house and Little Daughter disobeyed him by going to the other side of the gate Little Daughter encounters the wolf At the end, Little Daughte A Wolf and Little Daughter is an American Black folktale It takes place in a house and in a forest The cause of the problem is the wolf he wouldn t stop chasing Little Daughter Three main events are Papa tells Little Daughter, No, when she asks if she could go to the forest and out of the gate because she saw a beautiful flower Papa went off the house and Little Daughter disobeyed him by going to the other side of the gate Little Daughter encounters the wolf At the end, Little Daughter sang a song tray bla tray bla cum qua kimo and the wolf chased Little Daughter until she shuts the gate right in his face.Now, moving on to the evidence to prove this is a well developed folktale with all of its requirements First of all, a folktale s got to have a lesson to give to the one receiving the story In this story, there s exactly no given lesson by text, but in page 1, lines 4 5 it states He told Little Daughter never to go out of the gate alone, or else the wolf will hunt you down Now a story s got to have a culture of origin It doesn t say it clearly in the story, but from research we can tell it has an African American origin A folktale needs to include supernatural powers as well Its hard to see, but if you think for a while, wolves can t talk But in the dialogue of page 2, lines 20 22 we can see that the wolf says in a low gruff voice, Sing that sweetest, goodest song again Those are the elements required for a folktale

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    Most of the stories are folk tales, so there is a certain amount of repetition I really appreciated the source notes on where the tale came from, because there are familiar elements from other sources The Two Johns was almost exactly like something I d read in a book of fairy tales, but its origins are Portuguese, from where it was carried down through slaves, but it was also carried into European fairy tales.The last section contains some true stories and some that appear to be less true, a Most of the stories are folk tales, so there is a certain amount of repetition I really appreciated the source notes on where the tale came from, because there are familiar elements from other sources The Two Johns was almost exactly like something I d read in a book of fairy tales, but its origins are Portuguese, from where it was carried down through slaves, but it was also carried into European fairy tales.The last section contains some true stories and some that appear to be less true, and these were the most interesting to me That is especially true for the title tale, The People Could Fly , which is beautiful and still affecting all these years later

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    This book is good You can t get stuck in it like other good books, because of the short stories The stories are good, but the bad grammar that is supposed to reflect how the slaves talk makes it difficult to read at first but after a while you get used to it You can really tell how badly the slaves wanted to escape from the slaveowners, because in a lot of the stories, they are told about slaves animals getting their freedom in return for something I would recommend this book to anyone who l This book is good You can t get stuck in it like other good books, because of the short stories The stories are good, but the bad grammar that is supposed to reflect how the slaves talk makes it difficult to read at first but after a while you get used to it You can really tell how badly the slaves wanted to escape from the slaveowners, because in a lot of the stories, they are told about slaves animals getting their freedom in return for something I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to search for the theme in a book or that like fables, myths or folktales

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    Classics never get outdated.

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    The People Could Fly is a collection of folktales for ages 8 13 It is the winner of Coretta Scott King Awards for both author and illustrator Virginia Hamilton curated and put these traditionally oral stories in written form, explaining in the foreword that she retold them with the original dialects in order to retain their true sense of history, specifically that of African slaves in America.Some lucky readers might get a hold of an edition of this folktale anthology that includes an audio The People Could Fly is a collection of folktales for ages 8 13 It is the winner of Coretta Scott King Awards for both author and illustrator Virginia Hamilton curated and put these traditionally oral stories in written form, explaining in the foreword that she retold them with the original dialects in order to retain their true sense of history, specifically that of African slaves in America.Some lucky readers might get a hold of an edition of this folktale anthology that includes an audio CD of the author s own narration It is a priceless experience to hear these stories told as they were intended, and they are actually easier to understand when listened to Reading alone, one might find it a bit laborious to work through the incorrect grammar and flip back to the glossary to know the meaning of some words and phrases, thus missing the full effect of these rich and clever stories.Age old folklore themes and symbols, such as trickster animals and good versus evil, are all very present in these tales Several of them are about animals, some about people, while others mix animals and people But each one leaves the reader with a lesson or unexpected twist at the end The sometimes eerie black and white illustrations are also noteworthy, depicting harrowed, surreal characters in dire circumstances, and beautiful African princesses from a bygone era It would be a mild statement that this book leaves an impression The People Could Fly is one of a kind, a true inheritance, as it authentically captures the oral tradition of an entire population among us We are privileged to be able to share this piece of human history with our children and students It fills a hole in an array of folktales piled high with romantic tales from the West, yet it stands just as strong among our well known folklore

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    For anyone who wants to experience a wide variety of folktales from the diaspora, The People Could Fly is the perfect place to start Hamilton retells tales from the African continent, the Caribbean, and the American south Each tale is embellished by the beautiful paintings of the Dillons, husband and wife artists Some of the stories use dialect while others don t All of them open a window into the daily lives, fears, and hopes of people of color during the time of slavery.

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