The People Could Fly

The People Could Fly

The Picture Book

Book - 2004
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In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [2004], c1985
ISBN: 9780375824050
Call Number: j398.2089 HAMI 2004
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm


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Cherished stories to share with every generation. 2nd-6th grade.

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SurreyLibrarian Apr 05, 2019

-Submitted by Rebecca O.-
Virginia Hamilton (a woman of colour) writes a heart-rending tale about Africans who forget how to fly on the slave ships on the way to America. But will they be able to remember? The poetic prose and soft illustrations are equally touching, and anyone who has wished they could remember how to fly will love this book.

FindingJane Dec 27, 2016

Illustrated with the haunting illustrations of the Dillons, this picture book version of the titular story in the anthology graced under the same name has all new drawings as well as a breathtaking cover painting. The book also features endpapers of black with black feathers embossed on them. It’s a stunning addition and has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

This book is worth getting. It’s a handsome companion to the folktale compilation.


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