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 combine 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 Feeling's spirited illustrations give them continued resonance for today's audience.

Black Folktales 1994, Grove Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780802132420

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Black Folktales 1990, Grove Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780802150523

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