Saturday, July 19, 2014

Myth-Folklore Unit: More Brer Rabbit

Overview. Like the other Brer Rabbit unit, this unit is based on the African-American folktales collected by Joel Chandler Harris in late 19th-century Georgia (see that overview for more information). In this unit, you will get some more stories in prose, along with some Brer Rabbit stories that are told in verse from Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit, a book containing both prose stories and poems which was published in 1906, shortly before Harris's death. Although the book title mentions "Uncle Remus," the stories in this book do not feature Uncle Remus at all; instead, they are just the wild adventures of Brer Rabbit and his fellow "creeturs," including tales of Brer Rabbit's tricks along with some origin stories, such as how Brer Lion lost all his thick fur except for his mane, what happened to Brer Rabbit's fine bushy tail, and why Brer Possum  has no hair on his tail at all.

Language. This unit of Brer Rabbit stories contains stories in prose and stories in verse. Because the stories are told in dialect, you need to read them out loud and/or listen to the very nice LibriVox recordings. The recordings are easy to use, with a separate audio file for each story.

Story Length. These are all single-page stories.

Navigation. You will find the table of contents below, and you can also use this link to see the story posts displayed on two pages total: More Brer Rabbit. Click "Older Posts" at the bottom of that page to see the second page.



Free audiobooks available:


READING A:
  1. The Creeturs Go to the Barbecue
  2. Brer Rabbit's Frolic
  3. Brother Bear's Big House
  4. Brer Rabbit Treats the Creeturs to a Race
  5. Brer Rabbit's Flying Trip
  6. Brer Rabbit and the Gold Mine
  7. Brer Rabbit Gets Brer Fox a Hoss
  8. Brer Rabbit Finds the Moon in the Mill Pond
  9. How Mr. Lion Lost His Wool
  10. How Brer Rabbit Got a House
READING B:
  1. Brer Rabbit and the Partridge Nest
  2. Mr. Fox Is Again Victimized
  3. Mr. Fox Goes A-Hunting
  4. The Fate of Mr. Jack Sparrow
  5. How Mr. Rabbit Saved His Meat
  6. Mr. Bear Catches Old Mr. Bull-Frog
  7. How Mr. Rabbit Lost His Fine Bushy Tail
  8. Why Mr. Possum Has No Hair on His Tail
  9. The End of Mr. Bear
  10. Mr. Fox Gets into Serious Business



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