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Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales

Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales, by the author of The People Could Fly, is a collection of seventeen African-American folktales focused on strong female characters, including "Little Girl and Bruh Rabby," "Catskinella," and "Annie Christmas."

"True stories, ghost stories, folk legends, classic fairy tales, tall tales and more indicate the breadth of African American cultural traditions. Retold from a variety of sources, the stories flow smoothly in Hamilton's expertly measured prose. The full-color illustrations, one per story, are lush and detailed..." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Virginia Hamilton, who previously won a Newbery Medal and a MacArthur Foundation grant, gives us 17 pugnacious and heroic female characters in a collection of tales that demonstrates the breadth of African-American cultural tradition. The characters in Her Stories, which won the 1996 Coretta Scott King Award, are strong, competent, and sometimes bigger than life, like the "coal black and tree tall" Annie Christmas. Drawn from a variety of sources, the tales in Her Stories have been crafted to blend together smoothly while remaining true to their original tone. Text and art are laid against a buff background in a stylish, oversize format, with a heavy binding built to stand up to the repeated use that's sure to come.

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 and up
Author Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon
ISBN 0590473700
Publication Date Nov 1, 1995
Publisher Blue Sky Press
Award Winners Coretta Scott King Award
Language English