"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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Excerpt from What’s the Hurry Fox?