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One day atter Brer Rabbit fool 'im wid dat calamus root, Brer Fox went ter wuk en got 'im some tar, en mix it wid some turkentime, en fix up a contrapshun w'at he call a Tar-Baby, en he tuck dish yer Tar-Baby en he sot 'er in de big road, en den he lay off in de bushes fer to see what de news wuz gwine ter be. En he didn't hatter wait long, nudder, kaze bimeby here come Brer Rabbit pacin' down de road--lippity-clippity, clippity -lippity--dez ez sassy ez a jay-bird. Brer Fox, he lay low. Brer Rabbit come prancin' 'long twel he spy de Tar-Baby, en den he fotch up on his behime legs like he wuz 'stonished. De Tar Baby, she sot dar, she did, en Brer Fox, he lay low.
Br'er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, provoking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit. The character was first recorded by Joel Chandler Harris in the 19th century, and later The Walt Disney Company adapted it for its animated motion picture Song of the South. In one tale, Br'er Fox constructs a doll out of a lump of tar and dresses it with some clothes these clothes were made of cotton. When Br'er Rabbit comes along he addresses the Tar-Baby , but receives no response. Br'er Rabbit becomes offended by what he perceives as the Tar-Baby's lack of respect, punches it, and in doing so becomes stuck.
As a trickster—a mischievous character known for the ability to deceive—Brer Rabbit outsmarts larger and stronger animals, such as Brer Fox and Brer Bear. Many stories about Brer Rabbit originated in African folklore and were brought to America by African slaves. Perhaps the most famous Brer Rabbit story is the one about Brer Rabbit and the tar baby.
You can rtad along 1cith me in JIOUr book. You will kMID it is ti- to tunt the page 1Cltt ltear the chima ring lib llti.. I recollect one time when he 'vas hopping down the road, happy as a jaybird. And Brer Bear was helping Brer Fox. They were making a tar baby. It hasn't got any hair! He snatched some fur from Brer Bear's I.