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One-hundred-and-one African-American read-aloud stories
Kantor, Susan.
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, [1998]

Physical Description:
416 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PS508.N3 O54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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The newest volume in the popular Read-Aloud series, this engaging collection features the best African-American short stories and excerpts to read to children in under ten minutes. The diverse tales, selected for their rich histories, spiritual writings and adventurous characters, offer the perfect bed-time--or any other time--activities for parents, grandparents, siblings or babysitters. The book includes 50 beautiful drawings that capture the spirit of these tales, legends, lore and fables. The narratives are faithful adaptations of the oral and written stories passed down through the centuries. They include Langston Hughes, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Paula Fox.

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Booklist Review

From Kenyan creation myth to tall tale, and from Anansi the Spider to the Tar Baby, the stories in this collection are told with immediacy and warmth in a direct colloquial style that is just right for reading aloud. In addition to myths and fables, fairy tales, and folktales from several African countries and from the U.S., there are also excerpts from history, biography, and contemporary children's fiction, and the words to stirring traditional songs. What's missing is any information about the folklore sources beyond a vague generic sentence that sometimes gives the place of origin. Part of a Read-Aloud series, the book has a design that is open, with clear type and small black-and-white illustrations that include traditional African mask motifs and geometric patterns. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8This book includes folktales; excerpts from longer novels, biographies, and history books; and songs (without musical notation), poetry, and chants. Most libraries will have many of the titles from which the selections are excerpted: Andrea Davis Pinkneys Alvin Ailey (Hyperion, 1993), Walter Dean Myerss Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff (Puffin, 1988), Harriet Jacobss Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Oxford Univ., 1988). The folktales are very brief and some do not specify the region or people from which they originated. Many are taken from Frances Carpenters African Wonder Tales (Doubleday, 1963; o.p.); others are not credited to any reteller. Joel Chandler Harriss retellings are included in dialect. Small black-and-white graphics appear at the start of each selection. Stick with the original books as well as the wonderful newer biographies, histories, novels, folktale collections, and picture-book versions of African and African-American folktales available.Sally Bates Goodroe, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.