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Moses the lawgiver
Keneally, Thomas.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1975]

Physical Description:
221 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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A collection of stories intended to be told, drawn from a variety of traditions including European, African, and contemporary American. Includes tips on such aspects of storytelling as voice patterns, body expression, and audience participation.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This collection of stories for telling, which represents a variety of cultures and traditions, seems to stress the universality of the human experience. Many selections are little-known traditional tales; others have been created in a traditional style by Kronberg and McKissack. The authors-collectors offer both sound advice on the art of storytelling and practical suggestions to help the novice have a successful experience. That the stories are divided into four categories ("Stories for Easy Telling," "Stories That Involve the Audience," "Stories to Act Out," and "Stories for All Occasions") is indicative of the volume's user friendliness. Each tale has an obvious message, and though the authors suggest some stories be used in discussing issues like death, sharing, blended families, and personal safety, the collection avoids didacticism. A Piece of the Wind will make worthwhile contributions to any storyteller's repertoire. ~--Michael O. Tunnell