What's the Hurry, Fox?: And Other Animal Stories
Zora Neale Hurston, Joyce Carol Thomas & Bryan Collier
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is a selection of oral '
' collected by anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston from the rural South -Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana - and adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas. Bryan Collier's rich illustrations takes us back to the tales' colorful roots.
rom these sly stories we learn '
Why the Buzzard Has No Home
' (he's got a short term focus) and enjoy the Rooster's dialog with his enemy in '
What's the Hurry, Fox?
' You can almost hear a relaxed old raconteur telling '
Why Porpoise's Tail Is on Crosswise
', and feel the frustration with stubborn donkey in '
Why Donkey Has Long Ears
'. Did you ever wonder (my favorite in this book) '
Why the Dog Hates the Cat
'? Wonder no more; it all goes back to a ham. Or '
Why the Waves Have Whitecaps
' (it has to do with squabbling mothers). Or '
Why Frog Got Eyes and Mole Got Tail
' (a sensible swap). Or '
Why Flies Get the First Taste
' (a dispensation from on high)?
here's a lot to learn about getting along from these charming Southern folktales - enjoy reading them aloud, and mulling over their meanings, together.
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