In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away. "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,...
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
12) The secret river
Young Calpurnia takes her dog, Buggy-horse, and follows her nose to a secret river in a Florida forest, where she catches enough fresh fish to feed her hungry neighbors, even after giving some to the forest creatures she meets on the way home.
A man recalls all of the important lessons Mama taught about behavior and faith in God as he was growing up. Different English phrases are translated into one of eleven languages, including Cherokee, Russian, and Amharic.