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The People Could Fly : The Picture Book

Hamilton, Virginia; Illustrator-Leo Dillon; Illustrator-Diane Dillon Ph.D.

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ISBN 10: 0375824057 / ISBN 13: 9780375824050
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition thus; this story originally appeared in the author's 1985 anthology of the same name. This new edition is a first printing and is signed by by both Caldecott-winning illustrators - Leo and Diane Dillon - on the title page. It was recognized by the New York Time Best Illustrated Books Award. The book is a beautiful production, particularly the endpapers which are matte black with shiny black feathers. Lovely copy. Bookseller Inventory # 0907150012

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Title: The People Could Fly : The Picture Book

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

“THE PEOPLE COULD FLY,” the title story in Virginia Hamilton’s prize-winning American Black folktale collection, is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.

Leo and Diane Dillon have created powerful new illustrations in full color for every page of this picture book presentation of Virginia Hamilton’s most beloved tale. The author’s original historical note as well as her previously unpublished notes are included.

Awards for The People Could Fly collection:

A Coretta Scott King Award

A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice

A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

A Horn Book Fanfare

An ALA Notable Book

An NCTE Teachers’ Choice

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year

About the Author:

Virginia Hamilton, the first Black to win a Newbery Medal and the first children’s book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant, won the Coretta Scott King Award for The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. She died in 2002 at the age of 66.

Leo and Diane Dillon, recepients of two Caldecott Medals, have illustrated five books by Virginia Hamilton, including the original black-and-white illustrations in The People Could Fly collection, Many Thousand Gone, and Her Stories. Leo and Diane Dillon live in Brooklyn, NY.

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