Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa [NOOK Book]

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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 Tale from West Africa

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Overview

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.
Hazel Rochman
Wildly exuberant, full of slapstick and mischief, this version of an enduring Nigerian trickster tale is a storyteller's delight. The words have the drama and immediacy of the oral tradition ("Zomo! / Zomo the rabbit. / He is not big. / He is not strong. / But he is very clever"). As Zomo talks to Sky God and outwits Big Fish, Wild Cow, and Leopard, the book design reinforces the surprising exploits of a trickster who is cunning but may not always be wise. In his figures and tropical landscapes, set against bright yellow sunlit pages, McDermott blends the brilliant geometric patterns of West African kunte cloth with styles from theater and collage. There's a sense of helter-skelter movement, as if Zomo may dart off the edge of the world, as if he can barely contain his dancing energy. McDermott's note points out Zomo's cultural descendants, including Brer Rabbit. In "The Fortune-Tellers" , Hyman's West African setting for Alexander's original trickster tale is meticulously detailed with a precise sense of place. McDermott's tale is a larger-than-life story of wit and animal energy, for laughing out loud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547351872
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 675,623
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

GERALD MCDERMOTT is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator and the creator of numerous award-winning books and animated films for children. Winner of the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors, he is also a consultant to the Joseph Campbell Foundation on mythology in education. Mr. McDermott lives in Southern California. 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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