Illustrator: Leo Dillon

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Leontyne Price, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved.

Book:The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

Katherine Paterson, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Coveting a mandarin duck for his magnificent plumage, a greedy Japanese lord captures and cages him for all to admire. But the wild drake pines for his mate. Some compassionate servants release the drake to go to his mate, but are sentenced to death for it—and the drake comes to their rescue. Watercolor and pastel paintings illuminate this Japanese folktale.

Book:The People Could Fly

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton tells 24 stories that kept her ancestors' culture alive during slavery, from spirited animal trickster tales and robust tall tales to spine-chilling tales of the supernatural and moving narratives of slaves in search of freedom.

Book:Ashanti to Zulu

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Margaret Musgrove, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Artists Leo and Diane Dillon won their second consecutive Caldecott Medal for this stunning ABC of African culture. “Another virtuoso performance…. Such an astute blend of aesthetics and information is admirable, the child’s eye will be rewarded many times over.”—Booklist. ALA Notable Book; Caldecott Medal. Full color.

Book:Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale

Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. “Elegance has become the Dillons’ hallmark…. Matching the art is Aardema’s uniquely onomatopoeic text…An impressive showpiece.” —Booklist, starred review.

Book:Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

Patricia C. McKissack, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families. Set in West Africa, here is a lyrical story-in-verse about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, which will remind children that their slave ancestors should never be forgotten, and that family is more important than anything else.

Book:The People Could Fly (Picturebook)

The People Could Fly

Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

"The People Could Fly," the title story in Virginia Hamilton's prize-winning American Black folktale collection, is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to "fly" away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.

Leo and Diane Dillon have created powerful new illustrations in full color for every page of this picture book presentation of Virginia Hamilton’s most beloved tale. The author’s original historical note as well as her previously unpublished notes are included.

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