The Three Witches by Zora Neale Hurston

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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 Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist whose fictional and factual accounts of black heritage remain unparalleled. Her many books include Dust Tracks on a Road; Their Eyes Were Watching God; Jonah's Gourd Vine; Moses, Man of the Mountain; Mules and Men; and Every Tongue Got to Confess. Joyce Carol Thomas is an internationally renowned author who received the National Book Award for her first novel, Marked By Fire, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for The Blacker the Berry and for her first picture book, Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea. Her picture book I Have Heard of a Land received a Coretta Scott King Honor and an IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice Award and was an ALA Notable Book. Her other titles include The Gospel Cinderella, Crowning Glory, Gingerbread Days, and A Gathering of Flowers. Ms. Thomas lives in Berkeley, California. Faith Ringgold's artwork is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her books for young people include tar beach, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award Book, and O Holy Night: Christmas with the Boys Choir of Harlem. She lives in New Jersey.
Published July 25, 2006 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Three witches had already eaten a boy and girl’s mother and father, so their grandmother took them to live with her far off in the woods.” The cupboard bare, grandma leaves the children alone, and of course they fall into the clutches of the witches, marvelously depicted with red, green and purp...

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This suspenseful folk story, collected by Hurston (1861–1960) and adapted by Thomas (The Six Fools ), finds three crones (with teeth "far longer than their lips") in pursuit of a brother and sister.

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