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Ashley Bryan's beautiful blackbird and other folktales
Bryan, Ashley.
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Publication Information:
Northport, ME : Audio Bookshelf, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (80 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
General Note:
Compact disc.


"Texts from Beautiful blackbird and Ashley Bryan's African tales, uh huh"--Container.
Beautiful blackbird (9:00) -- Why Frog and Snake never play together (18:00) -- Tortoise, Hare and the sweet potatoes (11:00) -- Hen and Frog (14:00) -- Frog and his two wives (6:30) -- How animals got their tails (19:00).
Format :
Audiobook on CD


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PZ8.1.B838 BG 2004 Juvenile Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
PZ8.1.B838 BG 2004 Juvenile Audiobook Childrens Area-Audio CD

On Order



Take a front row seat for Ashley Bryan s narration of these amazing folktales Includes the following: Beautiful Blackbird, Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together, Tortoise, Hare, and the Sweet Potatoes, Hen and Frog, Frog and His Two Wives, and How Animals Got Their Tails. "

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bryan gives a joyous performance of his work on this recording of some of his favorite African tales. Adapted from the picture book Beautiful Blackbird and the collection Ashley Bryan's African Tales, Uh Huh, this project capitalizes on all the author's storytelling strengths. Throughout, Bryan delivers words that bounce with the music and rhythm of poetry. His enthusiasm and emphasis on certain passages will quickly captivate young listeners, and the selections here serve as a fine introduction to this genre of literature. On the title track, Blackbird appreciates inner beauty as well as pretty plumage. In "Tortoise, Hare, and the Sweet Potatoes," Tortoise tricks Hare out of some good food. Simple humor, sound effects, rhyming and wordplay give the proceedings a consistent air of fun. Bryan clearly delights in taking on several animal voices, giving his snakes hissing "s's" and a slow-speaking, deep-voiced Tortoise, two examples of the reading's highlights. Ages 4-9. (Jan.)

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Bryan performs six stories from his published works on this rousing collection. First up is the title tale, from his Coretta Scott King Award-winning picture book (Atheneum, 2003), in which the blackbird shares a bit of his black color with each of the other birds. The other stories are from Ashley Bryan's African Tales, Uh-Huh (Atheneum, 1998). Several are pourquoi tales, explaining "Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together" and "How Animals Got Their Tails"; others tell of tricksters getting their comeuppance, such as "Tortoise, Hare, and the Sweet Potatoes" and "Hen and Frog." Bryan's tales come alive on the page with his stylized writing, and his delivery and vocal performance are a perfect match. Using repetition, vocal modulation, and other classic storytelling techniques, Bryan creates an irresistible folktale experience.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.