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Tar Baby

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Editor: Vintage
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Ravishingly beautiful and emotionally incendiary, Tar Baby is Toni Morrison’s reinvention of the love story. Jadine Childs is a black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a coat made out of ninety perfect sealskins. Son is a black fugitive who embodies everything she loathes and desires. As Morrison follows their affair, which plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan and the deep South, she charts all the nuances of obligation and betrayal between blacks and whites, masters and servants, and men and women.

Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings

Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Joel Chandler Harris
Editor: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465609792
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Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings by Joel Chandler Harris Summary

"UNCLE REMUS," said the little boy one evening, when he had found the old man with little or nothing to do, "did the fox kill and eat the rabbit when he caught him with the Tar-Baby?" "Law, honey, ain't I tell you 'bout dat?" replied the old darkey, chuckling slyly. "I 'clar ter grashus I ought er tole you dat, but old man Nod wuz ridin' on my eyeleds 'twel a leetle mo'n I'd a dis'member'd my own name, en den on to dat here come yo mammy hollerin' atter you. "W'at I tell you w'en I fus' begin? I tole you Brer Rabbit wuz a monstus soon creetur; leas'ways dat's w'at I laid out fer ter tell you. Well, den, honey, don't you go en make no udder calkalashuns, kaze in dem days Brer Rabbit en his fambly wuz at de head er de gang w'en enny racket wuz on han', en dar dey stayed. 'Fo' you begins fer ter wipe yo' eyes 'bout Brer Rabbit, you wait en see whar'bouts Brer Rabbit gwineter fetch up at. But dat's needer yer ner dar. "W'en Brer Fox fine Brer Rabbit mixt up wid de Tar-Baby, he feel mighty good, en he roll on de groun' en laff. Bimeby he up'n say, sezee: "'Well, I speck I got you dis time, Brer Rabbit, sezee; 'maybe I ain't, but I speck I is. You been runnin' roun' here sassin' atter me a mighty long time, but I speck you done come ter de een' er de row. You bin cuttin' up yo' capers en bouncin''roun' in dis neighberhood ontwel you come ter b'leeve yo'se'f de boss er de whole gang. En den you er allers somers whar you got no bizness,' sez Brer Fox, sezee. 'Who ax you fer ter come en strike up a 'quaintance wid dish yer Tar-Baby? En who stuck you up dar whar you iz? Nobody in de roun' worl'. You des tuck en jam yo'se'f on dat Tar-Baby widout waitin' fer enny invite,' sez Brer Fox, sezee, en dar you is, en dar you'll stay twel I fixes up a bresh-pile and fires her up, kaze I'm gwineter bobby-cue you dis day, sho,' sez Brer Fox, sezee.

Brother Rabbit and the Tar Baby A Fateful Journey Through Life

Brother Rabbit and the Tar Baby A Fateful Journey Through Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tony C. Mobley
Editor: PublishAmerica
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Brother Rabbit and the Tar Baby A Fateful Journey Through Life by Tony C. Mobley Summary

Tony C. Mobley is an entrepreneur who still lives in Gary, Indiana. Music has been a passion of his for a very long time, and he has decided to spend most of his time developing this craft. Nowadays, you will find him writing songs in his music room. If you would like him to speak at your school, you can reach him at (219) 885-1058 or by email at [email protected]

Tar Baby 2

Tar Baby 2 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tammy Campbell Brooks,Tahirah Jessalyn Brooks
Editor: Paradeyez Books
ISBN: 1732276846
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Tar Baby 2 by Tammy Campbell Brooks,Tahirah Jessalyn Brooks Summary

Tianna Thompson story continues as her life takes an unexpected change. She is keeping a secret learned after her ex-boyfriend, Mark brutally attacked her. Jamal is the only one that knows her secret and he will do anything for her. But will the consequences of what she's hiding destroy their friendship or bring them closer together? Tasha has uncovered Tianna's secret and revealed it to her brother Jackson. Jackson is in town to find the truth as he and Jamal continue to vie for Tianna’s love. Tasha, Jamal, and Jackson, the characters in Tar Baby are back in Tar Baby 2 to continue Tianna’s story.

Tar Beach

Tar Beach Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Faith Ringgold
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0593377869
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Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold Summary

Illus. in full color. "Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book."--(starred) Horn Book.

Toni Morrison's Developing Class Consciousness

Toni Morrison's Developing Class Consciousness Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Doreatha D. Mbalia
Editor: Susquehanna University Press
ISBN: 9781575910680
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Toni Morrison's Developing Class Consciousness by Doreatha D. Mbalia Summary

Toni Morrison scholars as well as those interested in the creative process will be excited about a new feature that appears in this second edition of this book: a sampling of Toni Morrison's creative process. In Part Two of this critical work, the author spotlights some of the autobiographical kernels that appear in each of Morrison's novels. Part One offers a comprehensive study of Morrison's novels, demonstrating that each one is a thematic and structural offshoot of the preceding one, evidencing a pattern of growth in Morrison's consciousness of the exploitation and oppression of all people of African descent and of her commitment to struggle for a solution. "The Bluest Eye investigates the effects of racism on African female children. "Sula explores avenues of self-fulfillment, but in the process ignores the collective that nurtures her. "Song of Solomon reveals Morrison's increased awareness of the impact of historical and current events on the nation-class oppression of African people."Tar Baby offers evidence of Morrison's awareness that capitalism is the primary enemy of African people. "Beloved proposes the only viable solution if African people are to be truly liberated: collective struggle. "Jazz avows that conditions make people wild, and conditions in the U.S. and the rest of the world are life-threatening for women in particular. "Paradise reflects Morrison's recognition of the African's mistaken belief that the enemy is the "white man," rather than capitalism.

Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit

Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Joel Chandler Harris
Editor: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 146550026X
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Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris Summary

“Once ’pon a time,” said Uncle Remus to the little boy—“But when was once upon a time?” the child interrupted to ask. The old man smiled. “I speck ’twuz one time er two times, er maybe a time an’ a half. You know when Johnny Ashcake ’gun ter bake? Well, ’twuz ’long in dem days. Once ’pon a time,” he resumed, “Mr. Man had a gyarden so fine dat all de neighbors come ter see it. Some ’ud look at it over de fence, some ’ud peep thoo de cracks, an’ some ’ud come an’ look at it by de light er de stars. An’ one un um wuz ol’ Brer Rabbit; starlight, moonlight, cloudlight, de nightlight wuz de light fer him. When de turn er de mornin’ come, he ’uz allers up an’ about, an’ a-feelin’ purty well I thank you, suh!

Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America

Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Leeming,Jake Page
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199728954
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Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America by David Leeming,Jake Page Summary

This marvelous collection brings together the great myths and legends of the United States--from the creation stories of the first inhabitants, to the tall tales of the Western frontier, to the legendary outlaws of the 1920s, and beyond. This thoroughly engaging anthology is sweeping in its scope, embracing Big Foot and Windigo, Hiawatha and Uncle Sam, Paul Revere and Billy the Kid, and even the Iroquois Flying Head and Elvis. In the book's section on dogmas and icons, for instance, Leeming and Page discuss the American melting pot, the notion of manifest destiny, and the imposing historical and literary figure of Henry Adams. And under Heroes and Heroines, they have assembled everyone from "Honest Abe" Lincoln and George "I Cannot Tell a Lie" Washington to Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Martin Luther King, Jr. For every myth or hero rendered here, the editors include an informative yet readable excerpt, often the definitive account of the story in question. Taken as a whole, Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America reveals how waves of immigrants, encountering this strange land for the first time, adapted their religions, beliefs, and folklore to help make sense of a new and astounding place. Covering Johnny Appleseed and Stagolee as well as Paul Bunyan and Moby Dick, this wonderful anthology illuminates our nation's myth-making, enriching our idea of what it means to be American.

Goodness and the Literary Imagination

Goodness and the Literary Imagination Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Toni Morrison
Editor: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813943639
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Goodness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison Summary

What exactly is goodness? Where is it found in the literary imagination? Toni Morrison, one of American letters’ greatest voices, pondered these perplexing questions in her celebrated Ingersoll Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 2012 and published now for the first time. Perhaps because it is overshadowed by the more easily defined evil, goodness often escapes our attention. Recalling many literary examples, from Ahab to Coetzee’s Michael K, Morrison seeks the essence of goodness and ponders its significant place in her writing. She considers the concept in relation to unforgettable characters from her own works of fiction and arrives at conclusions that are both eloquent and edifying. In a lively interview conducted for this book, Morrison further elaborates on her lecture’s ideas, discussing goodness not only in literature but in society and history—particularly black history, which has responded to centuries of brutality with profound creativity. Morrison’s essay is followed by a series of responses by scholars in the fields of religion, ethics, history, and literature to her thoughts on goodness and evil, mercy and love, racism and self-destruction, language and liberation, together with close examination of literary and theoretical expressions from her works. Each of these contributions, written by a scholar of religion, considers the legacy of slavery and how it continues to shape our memories, our complicities, our outcries, our lives, our communities, our literature, and our faith. In addition, the contributors engage the religious orientation in Morrison’s novels so that readers who encounter her many memorable characters such as Sula, Beloved, or Frank Money will learn and appreciate how Morrison’s notions of goodness and mercy also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit.

Mark Twain's Library of Humor

Mark Twain's Library of Humor Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Washington Irving
Editor: Modern Library
ISBN: 0307765423
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Mark Twain's Library of Humor by Washington Irving Summary

Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires by forty-three of Twain's contemporaries, including Washington Irving, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ambrose Bierce, William Dean Howells, Joel Chandler Harris, Artemus Ward, and Bret Harte.

Character and Satire in Post War Fiction

Character and Satire in Post War Fiction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ian Gregson
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441130004
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Character and Satire in Post War Fiction by Ian Gregson Summary

This monograph analyses the use of caricature as one of the key strategies in narrative fiction since the war. Close analysis of some of the best known postwar novelists including Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Angela Carter and Will Self, reveals how they use caricature to express postmodern conceptions of the self. In the process of moving away from the modernist focus on subjectivity, postmodern characterisation has often drawn on a much older satirical tradition which includes Hogarth and Gillray in the visual arts, and Dryden, Pope, Swift and Dickens in literature. Its key images depict the human as reduced to the status of an object, an animal or a machine, or the human body as dismembered to represent the fragmentation of the human spirit. Gregson argues that this return to caricature is symptomatic of a satirical attitude to the self which is particularly characteristic of contemporary culture.

Acting Up and Getting Down

Acting Up and Getting Down Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt
Editor: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292727666
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Acting Up and Getting Down by Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt Summary

One of the few books of its kind, Acting Up and Getting Down brings together seven African American literary voices that all have a connection to the Lone Star state. Covering Texas themes and universal ones, this collection showcases often-overlooked literary talents to bring to life inspiring facets of black theatre history. Capturing the intensity of racial violence in Texas, from the Battle of San Jacinto to a World War I–era riot at a Houston training ground, Celeste Bedford Walker's Camp Logan and Ted Shine's Ancestors provide fascinating narratives through the lens of history. Thomas Meloncon's Johnny B. Goode and George Hawkins's Br'er Rabbit explore the cultural legacies of blues music and folktales. Three unflinching dramas (Sterling Houston's Driving Wheel, Eugene Lee's Killingsworth, and Elizabeth Brown-Guillory's When the Ancestors Call) examine homosexuality, a death in the family, and child abuse, bringing to light the private tensions of intersections between the individual and the community. Supplemented by a chronology of black literary milestones as well as a playwrights' canon, Acting Up and Getting Down puts the spotlight on creative achievements that have for too long been excluded from Texas letters. The resulting anthology not only provides new insight into a regional experience but also completes the American story as told onstage.

Quiet As It's Kept

Quiet As It's Kept Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Brooks Bouson
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791497259
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Quiet As It's Kept by J. Brooks Bouson Summary

Focuses on the role of shame and trauma as it looks at issues of race, class, color, and caste in the novels of Toni Morrison.

American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore [3 volumes]

American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore [3 volumes] Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher R. Fee,Jeffrey B. Webb
Editor: ABC-CLIO
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American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore [3 volumes] by Christopher R. Fee,Jeffrey B. Webb Summary

A fascinating survey of the entire history of tall tales, folklore, and mythology in the United States from earliest times to the present, including stories and myths from the modern era that have become an essential part of contemporary popular culture. • Presents a compelling mix of some 500 entries drawn from traditional Native American and European American culture as well as Mexican American, African American, Chinese American, and other national traditions • Includes numerous primary documents that help readers to pinpoint and understand the origins of different myths and legends as well as how they evolve over time • Features a wide variety of entries drawn from newer traditions of science fiction, urban legends, and conspiracy theories • Supplies bibliographic references with each entry that include websites for further reading and research


Sula Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Toni Morrison
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388131
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Sula by Toni Morrison Summary

Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. “Extravagantly beautiful. . . . A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter.” —The New York Times Nel and Sula's devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jennifer Lee Jordan Heinert
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136085785
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Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison by Jennifer Lee Jordan Heinert Summary

This study analyzes the relationship between race and genre in four of Toni Morrison’s novels: The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, Jazz, and Beloved. Heinert argues how Morrison’s novels revise conventional generic forms such as bildungsroman, folktales, slave narratives, and the formal realism of the novel itself. This study goes beyond formalist analyses to show how these revisions expose the relationship between race, conventional generic forms, and the dominant culture. Morrison’s revisions critique the conventional roles of African Americans as subjects of and in the genre of the novel, and (re)write roles which instead privilege their subjectivity. This study provides readers with new ways of understanding Morrison’s novels. Whereas critics often fault Morrison for breaking with traditional forms and resisting resolution in her novels, this analysis show how Morrison’s revisions shift the narrative truth of the novel from its representation in conventional forms to its interpretation by the readers, who are responsible for constructing their own resolution or version of narrative truth. These revisions expose how the dominant culture has privileged specific forms of narration; in turn, these forms privilege the values of the dominant culture. Morrison’s novels attempt to undermine this privilege and rewrite the canon of American literature.

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brit Bennett
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0525536973
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR “Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal “A story of absolute, universal timelessness …For any era, it's an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it's piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be….” – Entertainment Weekly From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

Toni Morrison and Motherhood

Toni Morrison and Motherhood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrea O'Reilly
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791485161
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Toni Morrison and Motherhood by Andrea O'Reilly Summary

Traces Morrison’s theory of African American mothering as it is articulated in her novels, essays, speeches, and interviews. Mothering is a central issue for feminist theory, and motherhood is also a persistent presence in the work of Toni Morrison. Examining Morrison’s novels, essays, speeches, and interviews, Andrea O’Reilly illustrates how Morrison builds upon black women’s experiences of and perspectives on motherhood to develop a view of black motherhood that is, in terms of both maternal identity and role, radically different from motherhood as practiced and prescribed in the dominant culture. Motherhood, in Morrison’s view, is fundamentally and profoundly an act of resistance, essential and integral to black women’s fight against racism (and sexism) and their ability to achieve well-being for themselves and their culture. The power of motherhood and the empowerment of mothering are what make possible the better world we seek for ourselves and for our children. This, argues O’Reilly, is Morrison’s maternal theory—a politics of the heart.

Motherland and Sierra Leone Anansi Stories

Motherland and Sierra Leone Anansi Stories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eyamidé E. Lewis-Coker
Editor: Author House
ISBN: 1481717545
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Motherland and Sierra Leone Anansi Stories by Eyamidé E. Lewis-Coker Summary

MOTHERLAND SIERRA LEONE ANANSI STORIES Traditional African stories Sierra Leone ? West Africa Traditional African oral stories, Anansi Stories ‘Nansi-stori or Nansi-tori’ reflect social values in the African culture that motivate the listeners in their pursuit of a meaningful life. These stories reveal ideas, themes, beliefs, and facts that are widely spread. They link the past, present and future, interpret the universe, resolve natural and physical phenomena, teach morals, maintain cultural values, pass on methods of survival and praise God. The storyteller uses her tactics with the intention that the listeners connect with the story and uses her skills to be linked with the listeners through the story. The storyteller teaches the listeners the African morals, values, beliefs; tells each story with gestures, songs, dances, expressions and impersonations to arouse the listeners. The storyteller repeats words, phrases or sentences which make the story easy to understand and recall from memory. The listeners actively participate as they learn the important aspects of the African culture. These Sierra Leone traditional African oral stories keep the family and the community united, pass on traditions, codes of behavior and maintain social order. These oral stories passed down by the writer’s grandparents and parents using their own words were transcribed from her committed to memory version in written format to preserve the traditional African Krio history or African oral tradition, and with the hope that these written stories be appreciated by adults and children throughout the world and perpetuated by future generations.

Uncle Remus in Rhythm and Rhyme

Uncle Remus in Rhythm and Rhyme Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tommie B. Holland
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1532001320
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Uncle Remus in Rhythm and Rhyme by Tommie B. Holland Summary

Mrs. Holland was born in Richmond, Kentucky. She was one of nine sisters and brothers. She graduated from Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1934; received her BS degree in elementary education from Wilberforce University in 1939 and an MS degree from Ball State University in 1964 at the age of forty-five. She had many civic and political experiences. Some of the major accomplishments she made are as chairperson of the Human Relations Committee and Executive Board of the local Richmond (Indiana) Association of Classroom Teachers, chairperson of the Folklore First Black Teacher (twenty-five years) in Richmond, Indiana; choir director of the Bethel AME Church for fifteen years; director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission from 19731977; recipient of the Indiana Wabash Award (highest in the state); lecturer at many colleges and civic organizations; AARP chairperson at North Vernon, Indiana, for two years (age sixty-five); and author. She has also served as an elected board member at Country Squire Lakes, North Vernon, from April 1981 through November 1983. This reprint of the poetic folklore is intended to entertain as well as educate children and adults on how they can not only smile but learn at the same time.