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Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Zomo The Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa"


by Gerald McDermott, 1992, 32p 

I read this to my children last night and got a kick out of it!  Didn't realize there was such a thing as trickster tales.  See, my horizon is broadening!  What a thrill!!

Zomo, the rabbit, was very clever indeed.  But he wanted wisdom, so he went to Sky God and asked for it.  Sky God said that he had to earn it by doing three impossible things.  Zomo had to bring Sky God: 
  1. The scales of Big Fish in the sea
  2. The milk of Wild Cow
  3. The tooth of Leopard
Using his cleverness, Zomo was able to trick his way to accomplishing the impossible!  So, Sky God grants Zomo wisdom along with a word of advice:
"Three things in this world are worth having: courage, good sense, and caution... Little rabbit, you have lots of courage, a bit of sense but no caution.  So next time you see Big Fish, or Wild Cow, or Leopard ... better run fast!"
Awesome children's book.  Find it at your local library and read it to your child/children, if you haven't done so already.

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