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The People Could Fly
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
42 posts | 21 read | 13 to read
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope.
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Miadolce
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

“They say some people could fly. Say that long time ago in Africa, some of the people knew magic.”

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Miadolce
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

I really like that Virginia Hamilton retold these stories using the original dialects to stay true to the history of African slaves in America.

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Miadolce
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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This book is a composition of 24 stories that kept African culture alive during slavery. It is comprised of folk tales that are American-Blake folklore. I think this would give children a new perspective on culture and create a really valuable learning experience.

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jennacavanaugh
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This book was extremely emotional to listen to. The pictures captured the emotional essence of the book as well. I really loved the metaphorical use of wings and flying. It is a great book to read to older children who understand what slavery is and the impact it has on our nation. This book is too mature for a younger audience because of it's hard content. I teared up listening to this book.
TRADITIONAL LITERATURE
RATING 4.5/5.

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CassidyCantrell
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

“Kum yali, Kum buba tambe”

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CassidyCantrell
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Some Africans were always able to fly before they were captured as slaves. This would be beneficial to an older age group of children.

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CassidyCantrell
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Tells a story of Africans who had the ability to fly, but lost that ability when they came to the U.S. as slaves.
-traditional lit

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Makenziebrumfield

“She flew like an eagle, until she was gone from sight.”

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Makenziebrumfield

I would definitely read this book to my students, as it has a lot of meaning behind it. This would be a good book to read to students when talking about slavery and how brutal it really was.

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Makenziebrumfield
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Genre: Traditional Literature
This book was definitely different and had an underlying meaning that had to be thought about. I interpreted the events in this book as slaves finally being free and being able to “fly away” from their slavery. I enjoyed this book and its meaning.

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megansimon

“‘Don‘t you know who I am? Don‘t you know some of us in this field?‘”

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Ariel8Smith
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

“They say the people could fly. Say that long time ago in Africa, some of the people knew magic”

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Ariel8Smith
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Sad, but meaningful story that tells a story of hope for the slaves.

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Ariel8Smith
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Traditional literature, 1985. Symbolic story about slavery. Mother sarah works hard with her child on her back. The master and over-seer whips the slaves and old man Toby helps certain ones fly away. Could be symbolic of their flight towards freedom or heaven.

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sydneybrooks

I thought that this was a great story and I have never heard one like it before. This would be great to use in a history lesson for older kids. I don‘t think young kids would be able to comprehend the significance and it might be too much for them.

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sydneybrooks
Mehso-so

I have never heard this story before! I think that the overall message is definitely to keep hope. The setting definitely suggests the historical plantation and Africa. The reader gets to know Toby the best & that he wants to help everyone & he‘s old and wise. I wouldn‘t use this book with young kids but perhaps older ones.

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sydneybrooks

It is time to go now. Go, go as you know how.

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lauren_rese
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lauren_rese

This book is good for multicultural purposes!

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lauren_rese
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The characters were African American who had magical powers but kept them hidden. The setting represented what it was like back in the day when there was slavery. The theme of the book is how ordinary people turn into flying hero‘s within seconds and shows a good representation of transformation! Genre: traditional literature (folk tale); Published: 1985; Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon

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JessicaRosell
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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Working on this beautiful book. It's stories are so intriguing and amazing. I can't wait to read more!

JessicaRosell A collection of TL from stories that have been passed down over the years. An Corretta Scott King award winning book, the people could fly captures imaginations and stories that are truly beautiful.

With EL 24, by incorporating the culture and UDL 2.4 promoting understanding across languages.
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DrSpalding I made a text to text connection with The Girl who Drank the Moon… Good choice of traditional literature. 7mo
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Madimccrady22

“The ones that could fly shed their wings. They couldn‘t take their wings across the water on the slave ships.”

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Madimccrady22

This was a hard book for me to read and not feel sad emotions about because the slaves had gone through so much but found a way to hang on through Toby.

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Madimccrady22
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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The people could fly by Virginia Hamilton It was a traditional literature text. It was a very serious story about slavery. The main point of the story was talking about the hardships the slaves had gone through and how they had Toby to help them find their wings again so they could fly and be marvelous again. The conflict was resolved once the slaves were fed up with their masters, Toby had called out a African chant to help them fly once again.

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vnneff6000
Mehso-so

The theme of this book was about slavery and African Americans wanting to fly away.

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mollsmichele

“They say the people could fly. Say that long ago in Africa, some of the people knew magic.”

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ConnorLaCroix

"Take us with you"

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megansimon
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The main characters are Toby, the woman and her baby, and the young man. The setting is real because slavery truly happened.

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ConnorLaCroix

I really liked the picture when the old man flew away.

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vnneff6000

“They rose in the air, they flew in a flock that was black and against the heavenly blue.”

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mollsmichele

This story is deep and raw with real emotions. It can be used to teach the history of the journey African Americans had to travel in order to be free. It is heartbreaking but necessary to teach people because it is a dark time in history.

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ConnorLaCroix
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Splendid book. The pictures were very detailed and added to the tone of the book. It's a good folk tale about the period of slavery and the desire to escape it, which is represented by the people who could just fly away from it.

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kaity7

This was such a sad book! Made me appreciate the world now.

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kateschaeffer

This book had really good detailed pictures. I enjoyed the illustrations.

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jennacavanaugh

"We are the ones who could fly"

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mollsmichele
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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This book was written in 1985. It is a powerful, thought provoking story. It is filled with depth and emotions. This is a story about how a slaved named Toby fills other slave with hope by reminding them that they can fly and be free like the used to be in Africa. He reminds them of their culture, importance, spirit, and history. He teaches them how to escape reality and be free once again.

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kaity7
Mehso-so

This book was written in 1985. The characters become well known throughout the book. The audience can feel the sadness and fear the characters have to endure. The problems throughout occurred during slavery and unfortunately, there was no solution, but to endure the difficult environment. This involved a real world issue and provided the idea that the only solution was "flying away."

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kateschaeffer
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I thought this was an interesting book. This book is about people who could fly. At one point there was a baby who was crying and an old man wiped her. This is about slavery and the old white nan would use the wipe on the woman. Then someone came to save her and she could fly away. This book is good for culture because it talked about whites and blacks.

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diovival
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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Surprise library book sale on campus today!!! I picked up 8 books FOR. ONE. DOLLAR. I would moonwalk if I could. 🙏 🙌 #bookhaul #fillabag

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LibrarianRyan
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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Everyone probably knows I love me some fairy tales but it‘s the odd ones or ones from different cultures that take my heart. Usually.
1. The two Jakes (found in tagged book)
2. Maleficent or Mad Madam Mim (🐉)
3. 10th Kingdom
4. @Trashcanman

I encourage everyone to read this collection of 🧚‍♀️ tales. Especially if you like your fairy tales bloody. 🗡
#tuesdaytidbits

Avanders Ooooh ok ☺️ 1y
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 1y
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LibrarianRyan
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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This is the second greatest book of short stories ever. They are American black folk tales. My favorite is The Two Jakes and sometimes Catskinella. What makes these stories great is that unlike regular fairytales they have not been "cleaned up" or Disney-ized. I have had my copy since 3rd grade and I still read it. BTW there are 2 books. One a picture book with the main story, and the original book with multiple stories. #booktober #shortstories

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