“Although these tales have been told before . . . Lester brings a fresh, street-talk language to them and thus breathes new life into them. It is a tribute to the universality of these talesand to Lester’s ability to see itthat we are thus presented with old truths dressed for today.” The New York Times Book Review
978-0-8021-3242-0 • $16.00 • Paperback • Jan. 1970
Twelve remarkable folktales, culled from the black experience in Africa and America, are freshly retold in the thoroughly original voice of Julius Lester. Arranged by topic Origins, Love, Heroes, and People the tales will delight readers of all ages with their universal themes and uncanny wisdom. Though some of these stories have been around for centuries and many were passed down by slaves, Julius Lester’s urban expressiveness and Tom Feelings’s spirited drawings give the m continued resonance for today’s audience.