Originally told by Southern slaves, these animal tales were collected by Joel Chandler Harris and published between 1896 and 1918. Lester has selected and rewritten forty-eight of the stories featuring Brer Rabbit, adapting the language and setting for modern-day audiences. This important volume, steeped in black history, is decorated with both full-color and black-and-white illustrations.
Lester juxtaposes a contemporary voice and settings (like shopping malls) with some dialect in these "wonderfully funny folktales," said PW. "For many purists, though, it will not replace the original stories." Ages 8-up. (Jan.)