People Could Fly


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Author: Virginia Hamilton


Illustrator: Leo & Diane Dillon


HAMILTON, Virginia. The People Could Fly. The Picture Book. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. NY: Alfred A. Knopf [2004]. 4to, [32]pp. Color pictorial boards. Black patterned endpapers; color illustration on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by two-time Caldecott Medalists, Leo & Diane Dillon, and with a bookplate signed by Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton, laid in.

First edition.  The breathtaking fantasy tale of slaves who possessed ancient magic that enabled them to fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free. Leo and Diane Dillon's powerful illustrations accompany Hamilton's uplifting voice. The granddaughter of a fugitive slave, Hamilton’s words sing out from the pages with soaring cadences that echo the story tellers of her childhood.