Sullivan retells 60 classic American folk tales (some popular, others obscure) from many different cultural, regional and historical sources. Enhancing the book are 150 whimsical illustrations by Warren Infield.
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This was originally meant to be an anthology of tales told by other authors, but I found that many of the earlier versions were worn out, unimaginative, or lacking in realistic detail; and several were actually offensive, bordering on racist in their language. So with the encouragement of my publisher, Paul Gottlieb, I set about writing a series of short stories in a style which cut through the old material with fresh perspectives, new characters, whatever it took to make the tales come alive again. For example, to show how things looked from Casey's point of view in "Casey Jones and the Train Wreck," I found the names of railroad stations along the way from Memphis, TN to Canton, MI, and estimated how late he was running that night as his freight train flew past them: "Sardis, Mississippi, 72 minutes behind schedule. Grenada, 45 minutes. Winona, 34 minutes. Durant, 16 minutes." He was catching up, almost on time, only to crash into the back of an empty train that shouldn't have been parked where it was.From the Inside Flap:
American Folk: Classic Tales Retold is an exciting collection of popular folk stories, drawn from every era of America's history and from all of its diverse regions. Familiar tales such as "George Washington and the Cherry Tree," "Pocahontas," and "John Henry" are intermingled with less familiar tales such as "Eliza Crossing the Ice," "Pecos Bill Rides a Mountain Lion," and "Gollywhopper's Eggs." There is comedy in stories like "Sheepherder from Yale," tragedy in stories like "Frankie & Johnnie," drama in stories like "Elfrego Baca the Fearless Deputy," and justice triumphant in stories like "Judge Roy Bean and His Pet Bear." Author Charles Sullivan has collected these folk tales from many different sources. He has retold them in fresh, interesting ways, giving new life to old favorites and making lost or forgotten classics more accessible to today's readers. The sixty stories in American Folk are charmingly illustrated wit'h whimsical, vibrant watercolors by Warren Infield. Whether sharing aloud or reading alone, the whole family will enjoy this book.
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