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Title:
The tales of Uncle Remus : the adventures of Brer Rabbit
Author:
Lester, Julius.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Summary:
A retelling of the Afro-American tales about the adventures and misadventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends and enemies.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 7 Quiz: 11221.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780613178709

9780141303475
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Describes the origins of Uncle Remus, the adventures of Brer Rabbit, the tricks of Brer Fox, and their encounters with Mr. Man


Author Notes

Julius Bernard Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Fisk University in 1960. He moved to New York to become a folk singer. He performed on the coffeehouse circuit as a singer and guitarist. He released two albums entitled Julius Lester in 1965 and Departures in 1967. His first published book, The Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly written with Pete Seeger, was published in 1965.

In the 1960s, Lester was closely involved as a writer and photographer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He traveled to the South to document the civil rights movement and to North Vietnam to photograph the effects of American bombardment. He also hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City.

He wrote more than four dozen nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children. His books for adults included Look Out, Whitey!: Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama, Revolutionary Notes, All Is Well, Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, and The Autobiography of God. His children's books included To Be a Slave, Sam and the Tigers, and Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, which won the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award in 2006. He also wrote reviews and essays for numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Dissent, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1971. He originally taught in the Afro-American studies department, but transferred to the Judaic and Near Eastern studies department when Lester criticized the novelist James Baldwin for what he felt were anti-Semitic remarks. He died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Brer Rabbit tales are a significant part of Faulkner's offering and his accompanying notes explain some of the bitter antislavery sentiments inherent in certain stories. In Lester's comprehensive retellings, the Uncle Remus character is abandoned, leaving the stories free of unwelcome stereotyping. There is, however, a significant amount of violence and vicious behavior left intact, a fact that may deter use of this book with young children. The Jump companion picture books present a judicious sampling of the Brer Rabbit stories. As in Lester's compilation, the Uncle Remus character is absent, and notes provide explanations about the stories. Moser's illustrations present striking portraits of the main characters in distinctive nineteenth-century garb.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Lester juxtaposes a contemporary voice and settings (like shopping malls) with some dialect in these "wonderfully funny folktales," said PW. "For many purists, though, it will not replace the original stories." Ages 8-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2 Up Recent retellings of Joel Chandler Harris' African-American folktales from former slaves have pruned the dialect and leave out Uncle Remus all together. Most notable of these is Jump!: the Adventures of Brer Rabbit (HBJ, 1986). This newest attempt brings together two distinguished children's book creators in a most unusual recreation. Lester has retold 48 of the folktales in standard English but with a strong feel for the dialect of the original stories. His retellings are as lively as the originals but they also have a liveliness of their own, as he incorporates modern allusions which never seem out of place. Even more importantly, he uses the sharp, witty Uncle Remus who narrated the original folktales, and not the more servile character from the opening and closing segments who many found offensive. Pinkney's illustrations are mostly black-and-white sketches with some full-color double-page spreads. They do not have the sass of the original A. B. Frost illustrations, but they are filled with strong interest and a great humor which serves the text well. This will be of great interest to school and public libraries as well as to storytellers as a source which gives new life to an American classic. Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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