Zomo the Rabbit: Gerald McDermott

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:

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

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