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Raw Head, Bloody Bones: African-American Tales of the Supernatural (Aladdin Fiction)

Mary E. Lyons

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ISBN 10: 0689803060 / ISBN 13: 9780689803062
Published by Aladdin, 1995
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Title: Raw Head, Bloody Bones: African-American ...

Publisher: Aladdin

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition:Good

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Fifteen Black and African-American tales of the supernatural from various states and several Caribbean countries, with information on Black folklore in the New World

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Grade 4-6-- Here is a new cast of ghastly characters for lovers of monsters and scary stories: an ominous night doctor; a one-eyed shape-changer; a sea serpent; Raw Head, the giant who sweats blood all over his hairless head; and other horrors. Many of the 15 stories come from South Carolina, especially from the Sea Islands, while others are from Florida, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Michigan, and the Cape Verde Islands. Most were collected 50 years ago or more by Zora Neale Hurston among others, and many are not in print in other collections. In retelling these delightfully eerie and gruesome stories, Lyons has preserved the richness and immediacy of the African and African-American oral traditions. Vigorously told in rhythmic and colorful language, the stories demand to be read aloud, preferably by the light of a candle, as Lyons suggests in her introduction. The use of dialect (particularly pronounced in the Gullah stories from the South Carolina Sea Islands) adds to the sense of authenticity, but careful editing and a conversational style ensures their readability. Short informative notes at the end of each tale provide a context and explain any unfamiliar words. Even without illustrations, the brevity of the selections and their steady pace should make this collection a favorite with reluctant readers. In addition to being a valuable resource for storytellers, the notes and reading lists link the stories to the history of slavery and suggest a place for them in social studies curricula. --Susan Giffard, Englewood Public Library, NJ
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