Book Review: The People Could Fly

by Melissa on January 1, 2010 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 2.0-2.9, Lexile 400-499, Peoples & Cultures

Title: The People Could Fly
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Lexile: [?] AD480L
ATOS Level: [?] 2.9
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Go For Ages: 9-12


Many of the stories in this collection were told among slaves as they dreamt of freedom or remembered their lives in Africa. Hamilton focuses on several themes—animal tales, magical and supernatural tales, and tales of freedom—and following each story is a note explaining its history and meaning. Black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon round out this important book.


Some of the descriptions and illustrations may be difficult for particularly sensitive readers.


None  [?]

Sexual Content





Illustrations of slaves’ anguished faces, in chains.  Image of person holding whip over a mother and baby and description of baby being hit with whip.  People who are slaves are beaten and threatened with a gun. A mother cannot stop working to feed her hungry baby who is crying.


Be prepared to discuss the reasoning behind slavery, the struggle slaves seeking freedom faced.



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