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The Hired Hand

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An award-winning author/illustrator team bring to life a folk tale, based on an account by a black Virginian that was first written down in 1871, though it was told orally generations earlier. Full color.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published December 29th 2005 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1997)
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Lila Brantley
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read African American folktales opposed to African folktales because it is more tangible. Although these stories originated elsewhere, they were modified by people thrust into an unknown land and forced to publicly abandon their own culture (although retained in private) and adapt to America’s ways. I can’t speak for young black readers, but for me, this is more personal because it isn’t happening in a faraway land, but right here, usually in the southern states. I also read Virginia ...more
Oct 01, 2009 added it
1. Summary: Remember the sorcerer's apprentice? He had problems with his boss's spells, but at least he never killed anybody. In this African-American folk tale with roots in many cultures, author Robert D. San Souci takes a similar legend and dumps it in the lap of a lazy, selfish boy. Sam won't help out at the mill, and his father handles everything until the day the hired hand arrives. The new employee is a model worker, but he's got other skills, too. Magic ones. Sam tries a few of the newco ...more
Dianna Adams-skafi
in this folktale novel it revolved around a very miscievious young man that did all in his power to bother their knew help in hand who only wanted to learn about and cut wood. he would verbally abuse and misuse him by making him do all the dirty work. Throughout the days and weeks the helper did good deed unto the people in the community by making a farmer younger and youthful. in the makings he asked the boy and his father to go far away because it was a secret about how he did it. they young b ...more
Sidney Chumbler
This book is a folk tale that I have never heard before. It is about an old hired hand, his son, and a new hired hand. The new hired hand is a healer and can turn people younger again and heal them of their sickness. He does this by doing multiple steps of a healing process including turning a person into wood, and even putting them into healing water. The old hired hand son sees when the new hired hand tells him not to and he tries to heal someone and accidently kills them. He almost gets put i ...more
April Gates
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book is beautifully illustrated with pictures of the interaction between both young and old Sam and the helper. It has great life pictures of African Americans working on the farm and the depiction between the old and they young is great as well. This is a great story on how important it is to be helpful and kind to your family members and how children should help their parents when it is necessary. The complete that change that young Sam makes is very heartwarming because we get to finally ...more
Excellent telling of the hard working father and the lazy son. Loved the illustrations.

Great author's and artist's notes in the back.

Learned something new: One third of the people living in Waterford, Virginia in the 1700s were free black craftspeople. Read more on this topic. Wonder how many more of those types of communities existed in the South.

The Reading Countess
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This African American folk tale has the traditional cautionary story embedded with an unusal twist-sure to amuse the kiddies.
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