THE PEOPLE COULD FLY by Virginia Hamilton is a fantasy of American Black folklore telling the story of slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. With powerful illustrations of Leo and Diane Dillon on every page it depicts the heartbreaking human anguish and cruelty of slavery and the hope-filled striking beauty of freedom of those who found it in reality or only in their imaginations.
Isaiah and I shared this gripping and moving reading.
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