"Stories rich in insight [and] humor."
— Rocky Mountain News

What’s the Hurry Fox?

Adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Acclaimed anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist Zora Neale Hurston traveled the back roads of the rural South, collecting stories from men, women, and children in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana so that the spirit and richness of the African American oral storytelling tradition could be shared and preserved. What's the Hurry, Fox? is a sampling of stories from Every Tongue Got To Confess, Ms. Hurston's third volume of folktales collected from the Gulf states in the 1930s.

The folktales have been adapted for children by Joyce Carol Thomas, winner of the National Book Award and Coretta Scott King Honors. Illustrations by Bryan Collier, who has received both a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Medal for his work, transport young readers to the rural communities in which Hurston culled these stories.


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"Awarded New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing""

The Six Fools

Adaptaded by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Ann Tanksley

Who's the biggest fool?
The silly girl?
The silly man?
The silly woman?
The silly farmer?

In this outrageously funny tale, our hero finds foolish folks aplenty and true love.

During her travels in the Gulf States in the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston recorded stories told by the people she met, to preserve their rich oral legacy. the six fools is one of the stories collected in every tongue got to confess, her third volume of folklore. It has been masterfully adapted for children by National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Thomas. Renowned artist Ann Tanksley puts the six fools in a retro- 1930s setting in her brilliantly colored oil monoprints.


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"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

The Three Witches

Adaptaded by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Faith Ringgold

The three bad witches are HUNGRY! "Let's eat these children," they say. They may have teeth that are longer than their lips and they may wear high heels, but they are NO match for two smart children, their brave grandma, three hound dogs, and a fast-running snake.

The Three Witches was first published in every tongue got to confess, the third volume of folklore collected by Zora Neale Hurston while traveling in the Gulf States in the 1930s. It has been adapted for young people by National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Thomas. The vibrant paintings have been masterfully executed by internationally celebrated artist Faith Ringgold.


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"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

Lies and Other Tall Tales

Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Myers

What's the shortest man you ever seen?

I seen a man so short, he had to get up on a box to look over a grain of sand.

And the fastest?

I seen a man run so hard that he lost his feets.

Back in the day, there were liars who could lie so good, you didn't even want to know the truth. And we have Zora Neale Hurston to thank for collecting their stories. In lies, Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor artist Christopher Myers has created expressive collages that are as bold and wild as the whoppers Hurston encountered on her travels in the Gulf States. Here's a visual treat that will tickle your funny bone.


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"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

The Skull Talks Back and Other Haunting Tales

Adaptaded by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins

Do you dare
to cross paths with ...

An enchantress who can slip
in and out of her skin,
A man more evil than the devil,
A skull who talks back,
A pair of creepy feet that can
walk on their own?

Spooky, chilling, and fantastical, this collection of six scary tales will send shivers up your spine!

The stories in the skull talks back have been selected from Every Tongue Got To Confess, Zora Neale Hurston's third volume of folklore. Through Joyce Carol Thomas's carefully adapted text and Leonard Jenkins's arresting illustrations, the soulful, fanciful imaginations of ordinary folk will reach readers of all ages.


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