Six Fools

collected by Zora Neale Hurston
adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas
illustrated by Faith Ringold

HarperCollins, 2006
ISBN 0-0600-0649-8

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The Three Witches was first published in 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.

The Washington Post recently named The Three Witches to its Top 10 List of Children's Books in the Picture Book category!

New York Times Book Review:

Two tidy children are treed by three witches who take a notion to eat them. . .The story is economical, direct, suspenseful, full of delicious words “O-ooo! Whyncher, whyncher!”. . .[The witches] look as if they would be more comfortable carrying Prada bags than the broadaxes they use to chop down the tree but, hey, when eating orphans is your destiny, what can you do?

Sarah Ellis


Adapting a story from Hurston's 1930s folklore collection, Every Tongue Got to Confess, Thomas makes a fast, fun, but also scary tale more accessible to young readers, while Ringgold's paintings, with thick black lines and vibrant colors, reflect both the comic exaggeration and the shivery action. . . read this one in a cozy room.

Hazel Rochman

The Buffalo News:

The marvelous folk art paintings of two children fleeing from three hungry witches are by gifted artist Faith Ringgold. . .The story, adapted for children by National Book Award-winner Thomas, was first published in a folklore volume collected by Hurston while traveling in the Gulf States in the 1930s. It's a triple threat of talent - and a truly terrifying story, rendered even spookier by Ringgold's depiction of witches with huge teeth, long fingernails and zombie stares.

Jean Westmoore

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