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

Virginia Hamilton, Author, Leo Dillon, Illustrator, Diane Dillon, Illustrator Blue Sky Press (AZ) $25.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-590-47370-5
The distinguished creators of The People Could Fly and Many Thousand Gone return for this striking collection of 17 tales, each featuring an African American woman or girl as the main character. 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, like the Dillons' work in Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch. In a handsome oversize format, the book itself reflects unusually high production values. Text and art are laid against a buff background in a sophisticated but uncrowded page design, and the volume is bound with an unusually heavy casing. It will need that sturdiness, for these are tales to be read over and over again. Ages 6-up. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/30/1995
Release date: 11/01/1995
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