Complete Tales of Uncle Remus

Complete Tales of Uncle Remus

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Overview

In 1955, seventy-five years after the publication of the first Uncle Remus book, the entire collection of delightful and inimitable stories of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer B'ar, and Brer Wolf were gathered together in one volume. All of the animal tales from eight books are here, along with the illustrations that originally accompanied them. After the first book appeared in 1880, Joel Chandler Harris was inundated with letters from readers all over the country asking for more stories of Brer Rabbit and his friends -- so for the remaining years of his life, he collected and wrote them. Richard Chase, noted folklorist and author of Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, compiled and edited the volume after Harris's death, and his occasional footnotes and word definitions enhance these well-loved tales by aiding the reader's understanding of the dialect. Chase's belief in the importance of folktales and Harris's work is summed up in his foreword: "These tales grew up in the soil of our nation. They came from the soul of a people. They endure." This new edition, with lively jacket art by Barbara McClintock and all the humor and charm of the original collection, will delight fans of all ages. Preserved for generations to come, the spirited antics of the wiley Brer Rabbit and his woodland friends come to life in this comprehensive volume -- a continuing testament to the lasting power of the folktale within the American literary scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395067994
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/09/1955
Pages: 912
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.71(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author


After the first book appeared in 1880, Joel Chandler Harris was deluged with letters from readers all over the country asking for more stories of Brer Rabbit and his friends--so for the remaining years of his life he collected and wrote them. Richard Chase, noted folklorist and author of Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, compiled and edited the volume after Harris’s death, and his occasional footnotes and word definitions contribute to our understanding of the dialect. Chase’s belief in the importance of folktales and Harris’s work is summed up in his foreword: "These tales grew up in the soil of our nation. They came from the soul of a people. They endure."


Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has! Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man “most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.” A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgment
A Note on the Text
Introduction
Preface and Dedication
IUncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings
1.Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy3
2.The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story6
3.Why Mr. Possum Loves Peace8
4.How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox11
5.The Story of the Deluge, and How It Came About13
6.Mr. Rabbit Grossly Deceives Mr. Fox16
7.Mr. Fox Is Again Victimized19
8.Mr. Fox Is "Outdone" by Mr. Buzzard23
9.Miss Cow Falls a Victim to Mr. Rabbit26
10.Mr. Terrapin Appears upon the Scene30
11.Mr. Wolf Makes a Failure34
12.Mr. Fox Tackles Old Man Tarrypin36
13.The Awful Fate of Mr. Wolf39
14.Mr. Fox and the Deceitful Frogs42
15.Mr. Fox Goes a-Hunting, but Mr. Rabbit Bags the Game45
16.Old Mr. Rabbit, He's a Good Fisherman47
17.Mr. Rabbit Nibbles Up the Butter50
18.Mr. Rabbit Finds His Match at Last53
19.The Fate of Mr. Jack Sparrow57
20.How Mr. Rabbit Saved His Meat60
21.Mr. Rabbit Meets His Match Again64
22.A Story About the Little Rabbits66
23.Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Bear69
24.Mr. Bear Catches Old Mr. Bull-Frog72
25.How Mr. Rabbit Lost His Fine Bushy Tail75
26.Mr. Terrapin Shows His Strength78
27.Why Mr. Possum Has No Hair on His Tail81
28.The End of Mr. Bear84
29.Mr. Fox Gets into Serious Business88
30.How Mr. Rabbit Succeeded in Raising a Dust91
31.A Plantation Witch94
32."Jacky-My-Lantern"98
33.Why the Negro Is Black102
34.The Sad Fate of Mr. Fox103
IINights with Uncle Remus: Myths and Legends of the Old Plantation
1.Mr. Fox and Miss Goose111
2.Brother Fox Catches Mr. Horse115
3.Brother Rabbit and the Little Girl118
4.How Brother Fox Was Too Smart121
5.Brother Rabbit's Astonishing Prank124
6.Brother Rabbit Secures a Mansion127
7.Mr. Lion Hunts for Mr. Man132
8.The Story of the Pigs135
9.Mr. Benjamin Ram and His Wonderful Fiddle139
10.Brother Rabbit's Riddle143
11.How Mr. Rooster Lost His Dinner147
12.Brother Rabbit Breaks Up a Party151
13.Brother Fox, Brother Rabbit, and King Deer's Daughter155
14.Brother Terrapin Deceives Brother Buzzard159
15.Brother Fox Covets the Quills162
16.How Brother Fox Failed to Get His Grapes166
17.Mr. Fox Figures As an Incendiary170
18.A Dream and a Story173
19.The Moon in the Mill-Pond177
20.Brother Rabbit Takes Some Exercise181
21.Why Brother Bear Has No Tail185
22.How Brother Rabbit Frightened His Neighbors189
23.Mr. Man Has Some Meat192
24.How Brother Rabbit Got the Meat195
25.African Jack199
26.Why the Alligator's Back Is Rough206
27.Brother Wolf Says Grace209
28.Spirits, Seen and Unseen215
29.A Ghost Story219
30.Brother Rabbit and His Famous Foot223
31."In Some Lady's Garden"230
32.Brother 'Possum Gets in Trouble235
33.Why the Guinea-Fowls Are Speckled240
34.Brother Rabbit's Love-Charm244
35.Brother Rabbit Submits to a Test247
36.Brother Wolf Falls a Victim250
37.Brother Rabbit and the Mosquitoes254
38.The Pimmerly Plum260
39.Brother Rabbit Gets the Provisions265
40."Cutta Cord-La!"270
41.Aunt Tempy's Story273
42.The Fire-Test278
43.The Cunning Snake282
44.How Brother Fox Was Too Smart286
45.Brother Wolf Gets in a Warm Place291
46.Brother Wolf Still in Trouble294
47.Brother Rabbit Lays In His Beef Supply299
48.Brother Rabbit and Mr. Wildcat302
49.Mr. Benjamin Ram Defends Himself306
50.Brother Rabbit Pretends to Be Poisoned310
51.More Trouble for Brother Wolf313
52.Brother Rabbit Outdoes Mr. Man316
53.Brother Rabbit Takes a Walk319
54.Old Grinny Granny Wolf321
55.How Wattle Weasel Was Caught324
56.Brother Rabbit Ties Mr. Lion328
57.Mr. Lion's Sad Predicament332
58.The Origin of the Ocean334
59.Brother Rabbit Gets Brother Fox's Dinner338
60.How the Bear Nursed the Little Alligator341
61.Why Mr. Dog Runs Brother Rabbit345
62.Brother Wolf and the Horned Cattle347
63.Brother Fox and the White Muscadines350
64.Mr. Hawk and Brother Buzzard353
65.Mr. Hawk and Brother Rabbit356
66.The Wise Bird and the Foolish Bird359
67.Old Brother Terrapin Gets Some Fish361
68.Brother Fox Makes a Narrow Escape363
69.Brother Fox's Fish-Trap366
70.Brother Rabbit Rescues Brother Terrapin369
71.The Night Before Christmas376
IIIDaddy Jake, The Runaway: And Short Stories Told After Dark
1.Crazy Sue's Story385
2.How a Witch Was Caught389
3.The Little Boy and His Dogs393
4.How Black Snake Caught the Wolf400
5.Why the Guineas Stay Awake404
6.How the Terrapin Was Taught to Fly407
7.The Creature with No Claws412
8.Uncle Remus's Wonder Story414
9.The Rattlesnake and the Plecat419
10.How the Birds Talk420
11.The Foolish Woman427
12.The Adventures of Simon and Susanna429
13.Brother Rabbit and the Gingercakes435
14.Brother Rabbit's Courtship438
IVUncle Remus and His Friends: Old Plantation Stories, Songs, and Ballads with Sketches of Negro Character
1.Why the Hawk Catches Chickens447
2.Brother Bear and the Honey Orchard451
3.Brother Rabbit Has Fun at the Ferry457
4.Death and the Negro Man463
5.Where the Harrycane Comes From465
6.Why Brother Wolf Didn't Eat the Little Rabbits468
7.Mrs. Partridge Has a Fit472
8.Brother Fox "Smells Smoke"475
9.Brother Fox Still in Trouble479
10.Why Brother Fox's Legs Are Black483
11.Why Brother Bull Growls and Grumbles485
12.The Man and the Wild Cattle490
13.Brother Rabbit Frightens Brother Tiger495
14.Brother Billy Goat Eats His Dinner501
15.The King That Talked Biggity504
16.Brother Rabbit's Money Mint506
17.Why the Moon's Face Is Smutty510
18.Brother Rabbit Conquers Brother Lion511
19."Heyo, House!"516
20.According to How the Drop Falls518
21.A Fool for Luck521
22.The Man and His Boots524
23.Brother Mud Turtle's Trickery527
24.How the King Recruited His Army532
VTold by Uncle Remus: New Stories of the Old Plantation
1.The Reason Why541
2.Why Mr. Cricket Has Elbows on His Legs547
3.How Wiley Wolf Rode in the Bag556
4.Brother Rabbit's Laughing-Place564
5.Brother Rabbit and the Chickens573
6.Little Mister Cricket and the Other Creatures579
7.When Brother Rabbit Was King585
8.How Old Craney-Crow Lost His Head597
9.Brother Fox Follows the Fashion604
10.Why the Turkey Buzzard Is Bald-Headed610
11.Brother Deer and King Sun's Daughter618
12.Brother Rabbit's Cradle625
13.Brother Rabbit and Brother Bull-Frog633
14.Why Mr. Dog Is Tame645
15.Brother Rabbit and the Gizzard-Eater651
16.Brother Rabbit and Miss Nancy661
17.The Hard-Headed Woman666
VIUncle Remus and Brer Rabbit
1.The Creeturs Go to the Barbecue679
2.Brer Rabbit's Frolic681
3.Brother Bear's Big House684
4.Brer Rabbit Treats the Creeturs to a Race686
5.Brer Rabbit and the Gold Mine688
6.How Mr. Lion Lost His Wool691
VIIUncle Remus and the Little Boy
1.The Story of the Doodang697
2.Brer Rabbit Has Trouble with the Moon700
3.Brer Rabbit Causes Brer Fox to Lose His Hide703
4.How Brer Rabbit Saved Brer B'ar's Life706
5.The Story of Teenchy-Tiny Duck709
6.The Story of Brer Fox and Little Mr. Cricket719
VIIIUncle Remus Returns
1.Brother Rabbit's Bear Hunt729
2.Impty-Umpty and the Blacksmith738
3.Taily-po748
4.Brother Rabbit, Brother Fox, and Two Fat Pullets758
5.How Brother Rabbit Brought Family Trouble on Brother Fox767
6.The Most Beautiful Bird in the World775
IXSeven Tales of Uncle Remus
1.Mr. Crow and Brother Buzzard Two Little Tales As Told by Old Uncle Remus789
2.Mr. Goat's Short Tail792
3.The Baby and the Punkins795
4.Two Plantation Stories
Brother Rabbit's Barbecue797
How Brother Bear Exposed Brother Rabbit at the Barbecue799
5.Brother Bear Learns to Comb His Head802
6.Why the Bear Is a Wrestler804
7.Brother Rabbit Doesn't Go to See Aunt Nancy806
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The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
lemonsbetter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What people say about reading aloud is true. My father read these stories to us when we were little, and I loved and understood them. When he bought me a copy and I attempted to read it, complete fail. It will be fun to read it to my own children someday.
renderedtruth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a joy to read out loud and try to follow all the mannerisms of Uncle Remus while keeping from a belly burst 'ur.
BeaverMeyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you can get through the dialect, these stories are terrific. The trick, I've found is to read them out loud. When you hear the words, rather than see them, you tend to understand better what is beign said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave the book to my daughter, who loved it. As a child I heard most of Uncle Remus story's and loved the video of bare rabbit by Disney. Which I bought for my grandson.
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I have a book called Uncle Remus, His songs and his sayings. It is so old it is fragile. How do I keep the pages from failing to pieces ? It is one of the first copyrights.