Julia Taylor Ebel
Author of Books and Poetry Celebrating Nature, Heritage and Cultural History
Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns: As Told By Orville Hicks
Winner of the 2009 Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society
Orville Hicks has enthralled audiences beyond the porches of Beech Mountain for more than two decades. His listeners have asked for a book of Orville’s tales.
Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns captures the voice of the master storyteller in more than 20 transcribed stories, paired with lively pencil sketches. Having grown up in a hollow near Beech Mountain, he knows the mountain setting and the ways of his clever character Jack.
Orville heard Jack Tales and other lore from his mother—tales passed on from her father, Kell Harmon, and from his father, Council Harmon. Orville also heard tales from his second cousin Ray Hicks.
As Orville continues this rich tradition of storytelling, those who hear his tales will notice the ring of authenticity in his words and voice. They will glimpse a mountain boy’s intimacy with the woods surrounding the family farm. They will see his humble lifestyle in his characters, including Jack.
The book includes a variety of tales that will entertain children and adults alike as they give insight into Appalachian Mountain life. Endnotes include a glossary, an original story in Orville's handwriting, and a study guide for further thought. For ages 8 to adult.
Comments and Reviews
Orville Hicks is the most talented contemporary teller continuing the traditional Appalachian stories of the boy-trickster Jack.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the art of traditional storytelling will learn much from this volume....
Capturing the essence of such a vibrant character on paper should be a difficult task, but Julia Ebel manages the obstacles of transcription with the ease necessary for the relaxed styles of Orville Hicks.
ISBN: 1-933251-64-6, Hardcover; 2009; $19.95
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