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Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  540 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published 1987)
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Christie Angleton
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio recording of these delightful tales - performed by the author. This was basically a perfect read aloud collection.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We borrowed the complete tales from the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even a couple years later, my children remembered the stories and wanted me to read them again. Now we have our own copy that I'm going to pull out every February.
It's a wonderful thing and part of our American heritage. Everyone should be as familiar with these stories as with Greek myths and Brothers Grimm.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The narrator and all the animals talk like deep South African Americans. It's great. The narrator uses lots of great similes. So far the stories (no more than 2 pages long at a time) are little tales of Brer Rabbit outsmarting, tricking, and causing mischief with all the other animals, like Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, etc. He's quite a little menace, but the tales are hilarious and sometimes have little morals at the end. I keep seeing scenes from Splash Mountain in my head, especial ...more
Dayna Smith
Lester has taken the beloved African-American folktales of Joel Chandler Harris and rewritten them slightly. The tales still contain the wonderful tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and company. Lester has merely taken the dialect that was so difficult for most of us in the original and made it a little more understandable for modern readers. While not as good as the original, this little book is a great introduction to the "real thing". Enjoy!
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
Julies Lester and Jerry Pinkney retell the marvelous tales of Uncle Remus with the same sly sense of humor and with the addition of some modern detalis (references to shopping malls and such). I listened to the audio version, which I highly recommend. It kept me laughing out loud even as I spent the day hauling around boxes of heavy textbooks.
Douglas Wilson
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Dianna Caley
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The girls loved this. The author had a wonderful sense of whimsy about the stories and caught just enough of the dialect to make it fun for the girls who loved the idea of a world where good grammar was verboten. Sophie actually made a story stick based on one of the stories and both the girls were sad to come to the end of the book.
Feb 04, 2010 added it
I listened to these stories all through my childhood. A favorite quote of my father's is to say "whatever you do, don't throw me in the briar patch!" These stories are full of many life lessons. Children of all ages can enjoy these classic stories.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Most of the way through I was a-laughin' out loud. I actually listened to the audio in my car. Julius Lester does an amazin' job. True, there were some modernizations that were odd and out of place, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
very smart creatures...funny book!
Christina Brown Rowley
There were some great funny stories at the beginning, but then there came ones of the animals killing each other that were gruesome. Near the end the stories weren't funny and implied animals cheating on their wives etc. We stopped reading it.
Karin Carlson
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
all the usual stories plus a big bunch more I wasn't familiar with. Potentials for puppet shows: The Moon in the Pond and on, including Brer Rabbit and the Mosquitoes
Graeme Syed
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Julius Lester offers a good retelling of the Black American folklore tales of Brer Rabbit and friends originally collected by Joel Chandler Harris at the turn of the 20th Century. The stories track the trials and tribulations of Brer Rabbit and other characters, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Mr Man. They are short and vaguely reminiscent of Aesop’s Fables as they attempt to offer a practical or moral lesson illustrated with interesting characters, settings and situations. Harris originally retold thes ...more
David Choquette
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Joel Chandler Harris wrote down the first collection of Uncle Remus Tales in the 1880s, African Americans in the South had already been telling them for hundreds of years. Br’er Rabbit the trickster grew out of even older West African stories about Anansi the spider. And that is the beauty of Br’er Rabbit stories. The twists, turns, and tricks appeal to each new generation of children just the same. Julius Lester’s compilation, published in the 1980’s, brings these timeless tales up-to-date ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is my favorite retelling of the Uncle Remus collection. There is an excellent introduction by Augustus Baker, former Coordinator of Children's Services of the New York Public Library and Storyteller-in-Residences at the University of South Carolina. Julius Lester's forward explains the background and context of Joel Chandler Harris' collection and the adjustments Lester made in the retelli ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This collection of folktales is unusual in a couple of ways.

First, most folktales are associated with a country of origination. But just as people move about and change in new environments, so do folktales. These particular tales originated in Africa and came over with enslaved people. After they arrived, they were significantly changed and new ones were added.

Back in the day, a man named Joel Chandler Harris collected and wrote them down in thick dialect. I read his work and it was rough going
Katy Kissel
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This collection of African American folktales is a Coretta Scott King honor book and has earned the Parents Choice Storybook award. It seems to be for children ages 2-5. This book is broken up into several short stories, each one running about a page or two in length. The plot of the vast majority of these stories can be summed up as follows: Brer Rabbit outsmarts one of his fellow animals, or many of his fellow animals. This makes the stories easy to follow for young children. The stories promo ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
My kids loved these stories. It is one of the first chapter books without pictures on every page that my daughter, almost 5, has had a strong interest & sat through. The Brer Rabbit is such a trickster and gets into so many precarious situations. Very much like coyote & road runner, except more actual deaths, which some characters come back. So the kids could really see the fictional imaginary nature of the stories. They were so not real life that the images contrived in their minds were ...more
Jesse German
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The reason I chose this book was because I had been assigned to read "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby" in my Southern Literature class and had enjoyed it. I thought reading about all of the folktales dealing with Brer Rabbit was really interesting. The folktales are about a rabbit who is always tricking other animals and/or people and the consequences that he faces due to his tricks. This book contains many life lessons for students as well as adults. I would highly recommend this book to readers o ...more
Josh Bush
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, classic
These Brer Rabbit adventures are fun to read out loud. Not so fun if you're just sitting by yourself. I finally got through them when we took a long road trip and read out loud while we were driving. These were originally stories from an oral tradition of slaves, so no big surprise that reading them out loud is the best way to get the story.

I had in my mind, much as the person who wrote the introduction described, that the tales would be of poor Brer Rabbit having to use his wit to get out of th
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, bechdel_test_no
I grabbed this at Book Court during a visit last week, along with a few other quick vacation reads. Book Court is a gorgeous store absolutely packed with incredible titles--the kind of place that makes you both soar and weep at the same time, because there's so much good out there and you can never read it all. The NYRB paperback shelf alone makes me want to drop about a thousand bucks and live in a tent for the rest of my life, reading. So these little Puffin reissues of classic kids' books wer ...more
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with Brer Rabbit Tales told in contemporary southern black English by writer and historian, Julius Lester. Two of my favorites were the story about the tar baby and another containing an interesting twist on Aesop's The Tortoise and the Hare, where multiple members of the tortoise family help win the race. The language Lester uses is rhythmic and poetic. He starts the tar baby story with "early one morning, even before Sister Moon had put on her negligee. . ." Both the introd ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
We listened to the audio version of this (read appealingly by Julius Lester) on a recent family trip. My children were riveted. The author has added modern touches to these tales (most of them hilarious) without inserting the usual anachronistic postmodern PC attitudes or ruining the rural atmosphere of the originals. They took me right back to my childhood when my dad read the Joel Chandler Harris version to me. The animals display very human traits, which is of course the appeal of such storie ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I actually had Tales of Uncle Remus on disc, read by the author & it was wonderful. I read the stories of Joel Chandler Harris as a child & in college (for very different reasons) & enjoyed them, both times. I even liked the watered-down white radio version: Uncle Wiggily & the Littletails.

I know a lot has been said & written about white men masquerading as black to write in dialect (Joel Chandler Harris), black men masquerading as what white men want him to be to do the same
Jennifer Hughes
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually this is an audiobook, which is perfect, because I tried reading the original and the dialect was so complicated as to make it unreadable. The reader does a beautiful blend of modernizing the narration with the original dialogue, so you get the feel of the original stories without what we think of as the offensive dialect.

I feel like the Brer Rabbit stories are an important part of our nation's history--besides just good fun--and wanted to share them with my kids. They couldn't get enou
A grand retelling...classic, but thoroughly modern and amusingly relevant. The characters should be seen as caricatures of qualities and traits that can easily be recognized in our own acquaintances, friends and family. Though Brer Rabbits's life and morals are often the furthest thing from being worthy of our emulation, somehow seeing him careening through life in the fast lane lends to smirking at memories of blunders closer to home.

The hardcover with its illustrations is beautiful, but I wou
Audrey Hammer
The author, Julius Lester, retells the old folktales of Uncle Remus. He inserts a few modern references and similes. This collection focuses on Br'er Rabbit, a lazy but enterprising trickster. There are a lot of good similes and sassy dialogue. I listened to the whole thing in one day on a road trip. It is a great performance by the author. I felt like a little kid sitting in a library for storytelling hour. This is a great addition to a collection of folk tales, fairy tales, and mythology.
Cara Byrne
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The combination of Lester's smart adaptation of Chandler's influential Uncle Remus tales and Pinkney's characteristically beautiful illustrations makes this storybook a great resource for anyone looking for a collection of good folktales. As famous librarian and black children's literature advocate Augusta Baker states, "[The stories] fit into the traditional and bring a modern humor to the stories. They must be told and I look forward to sharing them with children" (Introduction).
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The four year old loved the stories of tricky Brer Rabbit. This mama had to do some editing, but not too much. The voice and language use is engaging and charming, especially the little asides directed to the reader. This is also wonderfully illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, and would be a great book to own, since the stories are short and can be returned to again and again.
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tales Of Uncle Remi: The Adventures Of Brer Rabbit, is about the life and times of Brer Rabbit. I really enjoyed how the storys were short enoght to read in one setting, the illistrations, and the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recomned it to anyone.
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I was born on January 27, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1941-1954 I lived in Kansas City, Kansas, and from 1954-1961 in Nashville, Tennesse. I received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960.

In 1961 I moved to New York City where I had a talk radio show on WBAI FM from 1966-1973, hosted a television talk show on WNET from 1969-1971.

Since 1968 I have published 43 books. Among the awards
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