Roy Makes a Car

By Mary E. Lyons
Illustrated by Terry Widener
Based on a story collected by Zora Neale Hurston
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005
Roy is the best mechanic around, and he loves to build. He makes a bet that he can build a car that can avoid getting into accidents– and he succeeds! Next, he builds a car with wings– and God buys it from him, and makes replicates for all of his angels. Roy is always building something, and readers are invited to stop by Roy’s garage and take a peek at his next project.
A thoroughly modern example of a tall tale from African American background; great for exploring tall tales for students already familiar with classics.
Awards: 2005 Aesop Award
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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