Six Fools

collected by Zora Neale Hurston
adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas
illustrated by Ann Tanksley

HarperCollins, 2006
ISBN 0-0600-0646-3

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Who's the biggest fool?

the silly girl?

the silly man?

the silly woman?

the silly farmer?

Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award winner, has masterfully adapted Zora Neale Hurston's The Six Fools for children. During Zora Neale Hurston's travels in the Gulf States in the 1930s, she recorded stories told by the people she met to preserve their rich oral legacy.

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

Renowned artist Ann Tanksley puts The Six Fools in a retro-1930s setting in her brilliantly colored oil monoprints.

School Library Journal:

This adaptation . . . is light and adept . . . The result is wonderful in voice: rich, hilarious, and satisfying. Tanksley's oil monoprints done in a folk-art style set the story in Hurston's 1920s-'30s with humor and vibrant color in a wide-ranging palette.

Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA

2007 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice

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