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The People Could Fly

The People Could Fly

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by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Text copyright 1985, illustrations copyright 2002.

"The People Could Fly is one of the most extraordinary, moving tales in black folklore. There are numerous separate accounts of flying Africans and slaves in the black folktale literature. Such accounts are often combined with tales of slaves disappearing...

The People Could Fly is a detailed fantasy tale of suffering, of magic power exerted against the so-called Master and his underlings. Finally, it is a powerful testament to the millions of slaves who never had the opportunity to 'fly' away. They remained slaves, as did their children. The People Could Fly was first told and retold by those who had only their imaginations to set them free."
- from Virginia Hamilton's author's note

This is a very powerful and moving folktale. Please note that the descriptions and illustrations may be appropriate for more mature readers.

Hardcover in good used condition. Former library copy with library stamps, stickers, discard markings, and card envelope.

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