The People Could Fly

Title: The People Could Fly

Bibliographic Information: Hamilton, V. (2004). The people could fly. New York: Alfred K. Knopf.

Annotation: The People Could Fly is about slavery and the many people who were able to escape. One man could not see his friends being mistreated any longer, so one by one he whispers the magic words and they fly to freedom.

Genre: Folktale

Grade level: 3rd – 6th Grade

Readers who will like this book: Readers who are interested in learning about slavery, enjoy folktales, and have interest in history will like this book.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because it is very inspirational. This book includes beautiful illustrations and is an encouraging story. This would be a great book to use in your class when learning about slavery. I also love the concept of being able to “fly,” it is a good way to express freedom.

Question I would ask before the reading: What do you know about slavery?


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