When Birds Could Talk & Bats Could Sing

The Adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis Wren, and Their Friends

when birds could talk and bats could singThe wonderful stories in this book are based on African American folktales told in the South during the Plantation Era. In the 1880s, Martha Young, a journalist, collected these stories and created many of her own, publishing them in newspapers and then in several books of folktales. Like the popular Bruh/Brer Rabbit stories, these tales are among the most lively and entertaining in all of American folklore. Born out of terrible hardship, they stand as a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

when birds could talk and bats could singWay far back, when birds could talk and bats could sing, feathered folks just naturally fussed and squabbled among themselves. They were full of pride and foolishness, same as human folks are now—and they were just as full of fun and cleverness.when birds could talk and bats could sing

Come along as Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton and National Book Award winner Barry Moser take a leisurely stroll back in time to the fields, ponds, and moonlit nights of a long-ago place where shade trees grow tall, and every storyteller’s magic begins by the fence corner.

when birds could talk and bats could sing paperbackNow Available In Paperback

– A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
– A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
– An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
– A 1996 Capital Choice
– An ALA Notable Book

Reading Level 3 Ages 6-9

Illustrated by Barry Moser
First Scholastic Paperback Printing, January 1999

The Blue Sky Press
An Imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
Illustration © 1996 by Barry Moser