Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa
Author/Illustrator: Gerald McDermott
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication Year: 1992
Brief Summary: Zomo the Rabbit goes out in search of wisdom. In his quest, he meets Big Fish, Wild Cow, and Leopard.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award, 1994 Winner United States
- Children’s Book Award, 1994 Winner Florida
- Emphasis on Reading: A Children’s Choice Book Award Program, 1993-1994 Winner Grades K-2 Alabama
- Florida Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award, 1994 Winner Grades PreK-2 Florida
- Treasure State Award, 1996 Winner Montana
- Young Hoosier Book Award, 1996 Winner K-3 Indiana
- Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Booklist Book Review Stars, Sept. 15, 1992 ; American Library Association
- Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 1992 ; American Library Association
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, 1994 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- How is Zomo the Rabbit clever? What tricks does he play to get what he needs?
- What does the Sky God think of Zomo’s tricks? Does he think Zomo’s wise? What lesson does this story try to teach us?
- Have you ever played a trick on someone? Write/illustrate about what happened.
- Introduce folktales and their dual functions: teach moral and explain something in nature. In addition to the lesson it teaches, what does this folktale explain? (why rabbits are fast)
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Text-to-self connections
- Language arts: folktales
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Signal Mountain Library