The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
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Annotation: Whether Brer Rabbit is kicking Brer Fox's Tar Baby or sneaking into Mr. Man's garden, young readers will enjoy his hilarious predicaments.
Genre: Fairy tales
Catalog Number: #292340
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1987
Edition Date: 2006
Illustrator: Pinkney, Jerry,
Pages: 143 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240720-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01186-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240720-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01186-1
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 85020449
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up Recent retellings of Joel Chandler Harris' African-American folktales from former slaves have pruned the dialect and leave out Uncle Remus all together. Most notable of these is Jump!: the Adventures of Brer Rabbit (HBJ, 1986). This newest attempt brings together two distinguished children's book creators in a most unusual recreation. Lester has retold 48 of the folktales in standard English but with a strong feel for the dialect of the original stories. His retellings are as lively as the originals but they also have a liveliness of their own, as he incorporates modern allusions which never seem out of place. Even more importantly, he uses the sharp, witty Uncle Remus who narrated the original folktales, and not the more servile character from the opening and closing segments who many found offensive. Pinkney's illustrations are mostly black-and-white sketches with some full-color double-page spreads. They do not have the sass of the original A. B. Frost illustrations, but they are filled with strong interest and a great humor which serves the text well. This will be of great interest to school and public libraries as well as to storytellers as a source which gives new life to an American classic. Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q11221
Lexile: 760L

Whether he is besting Brer Fox or sneaking into Mr. Man's garden, Brer Rabbit is always teaching a valuable lesson. These classic tales are full of wit, humor, and creativity, and Julius Lester brings an added contemporary sense to these forty-eight timeless stories.

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