Friday, February 4, 2022

African Diaspora at Internet Archive: The People Could Fly

Earlier this week I wrote about Virginia Hamilton's Ring of Tricksters, and when I saw this tweet from the Schomburg Center last night, I knew I wanted to write about her book The People Could Fly in today's blog post!

There are multiple copies of both versions of this book available at Internet Archive. First, there's the 1985 anthology which contains 24 folktales: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales.

Then, in 2004, shortly after Virginia Hamilton's death in 2002, the illustrators, Leo and Diane Dillon, published a picture book version of the title story: The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

The Dillons worked closely with Virginia Hamilton over the years, and they open this book with a lovely tribute to her:

In both the 1985 and the 2004 books, you will see the Dillons' instantly recognizable style. The anthology has black-and-white illustrations; the picture book is in color:

I've featured many books with illustrations by the Dillons previously; you can find all those posts here: illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon.

And here is a link to the stories in the anthology, story by story: there is such a great variety here, and Hamilton's writing is marvelous:

So, enjoy the beautiful stories and enjoy the beautiful artwork; Hamilton's anthology is one of the best you will find, and the picture book is perfect to share with younger readers. It's all just a click away at Internet Archive, and they have multiple copies of both books too!

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