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Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa

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Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom. But he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks? “The tale moves along with the swift concision of a good joke, right down to its satisfying punch line.”--Publishers Weekly “Wildly exuberant, full of slapstick and mischief, this version of an enduring Nigerian trickster tale, featuring a ...
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Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom. But he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks? “The tale moves along with the swift concision of a good joke, right down to its satisfying punch line.”--Publishers Weekly “Wildly exuberant, full of slapstick and mischief, this version of an enduring Nigerian trickster tale, featuring a clever rabbit, is a storyteller’s delight.”--Booklist

Zomo the Rabbit, an African trickster, sets out to gain wisdom.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Zomo wants wisdom, but he must accomplish three impossible tasks before Sky God will reward him with the gift of wisdom. Is Zomo up to the challenge? He must use cleverness and trickery to obtain the scales of Big Fish, milk Wild Cow and bring Sky God the tooth of Leopard. The big bold illustrations are a perfect match for this engaging folktale.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
The mysterious and clever trickster Zomo wants wisdom, but before the Sky God will grant his wish, Zomo must first accomplish three impossible tasks. Although he gets the scales of Big Fish in the sea, the milk of Wild Cow, and the tooth of Leopard, Zomo needs to use courage, good sense, caution, and speed to stay one step ahead of everyone else. McDermott uses humor and dazzling illustrations to create a wonderful picture book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152010102
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 168,946
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of books for children. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City and a lifelong artist, he began his career as an animated filmmaker before moving into the creation of children's books based on storytelling traditions from around the world. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors; his extensive and influential body of work includes six popular picture books focusing on the trickster motif. Devoted to oral tradition and the transformative power of mythology, he was the first Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and served as a consultant on mythology in education. www.geraldmcdermott.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Zomo the Rabbit

    Zomo the Rabbit, in my opinion, is an interesting book for readers just learning to read. It is inspirational and tells an important moral that everyone must learn, though in the end, it is quite ironic. I used to enjoy reading this story because of Zomo. The book shows that even though he is not strong or big, cleverness can obtain many things. What I also like about Zomo is that he is a mere rabbit who attempts the impossible and succeeds. In the story, Zomo desires more than cleverness. He wants wisdom. So he goes to the sun god who agrees to give it to him, if he is able to complete three tasks that are supposed to be impossible. Yet, when he does use his cleverness to complete the three impossible tasks, he is given wisdom, but there is an ironic twist to the story. I think this is an ideal book for young readers because it shows how there is a consequence to everything. It tells us that we must always be cautious and think carefully before attempting something. In the story, the rabbit risks his life to obtain three items that will get him his wisdom that he desires. Yet, he doesn¿t think about his actions and the consequences. He hasn¿t thought about the enemies he made from completing the three tasks. This story is very exciting and will leave readers quenching for more.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Wisdom Seeker.

    *Vibrant color illustrations are sure to attract young readers. *A fascinating tale with mischief and cunning to draw in readers and offer a valuable lesson. *Offers wisdom and insight. *Zomo is a fun protagonist. *An important question is answered with this lovely West African tale, "What three things in this world are worth having?"

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