Flossie be Chillin’

Flossie & the Fox

It’s extremely difficult to write so called “non-standard” dialects.  But let’s say you are a master writer of a dialect.  It’s still up to your readers to “hear” the voice you are recreating.  It’s a hard row to hoe.  Nevertheless Patricia McKissack penned a classic.  (Yes, being published in 1986 relegates you to “classic” status.)

Flossie is impressively believable; and the banter between the unflinching Flossie and the smug fox she encounters on the way through the forest makes this a brilliant read aloud.

Flossie be chillin’.  (I’m just sayin’.)

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