North Carolina Negro folk tales, many of them going back to the same source as the Uncle Remus stories, many of them new, to the average reader. The authors have gone to Negro story tellers for their material, and have divided their stories according to the story tellers, -- a cotton picker, a blacksmith, a cook, a barber, etc. Birds and animals play the leading parts in most of the stories. The connecting links in which the setting and the story teller are described give the impression of stage directions and notes. Of the stories themselves, the how and why stories seem the surest, but all of them should enrich the story teller's bag of tales. Inez Hogan illustrations strike an authentic note.