Jabuti the Tortoise

A Trickster Tale from the Amazon

By Gerald McDermott
(Harcourt Brace and Company, Hardcover, 9780152004965, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2001

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Description
Of all the animals in the rain forest, Jabuti was the favorite. His shell was smooth and shiny, and the songs he played on his flute were sweet.
But his music was a reminder, too, of the mischievous pranks Jabuti sometimes played. His song reminded Tapir of being tricked, Jaguar of being fooled, and time and again it reminded Vulture that he had no song at all. When a concert takes place in heaven, Vulture offers to fly Jabuti there . . . all the while plotting a trick of his own.
Gerald McDermott makes myths new again for readers of all ages, using language as vibrant and colorful as his bold illustrations.Jabuti is an unusual tale of a trickster's fall from grace, and of how creation can sometimes come from chaos.



About the Author
Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott's illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was his fascination with the imagery of African folklore that led him to the story of "Anansi the Spider". McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cass Technical High School, where he was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Once in New York, he began to produce and direct a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Among his many honors and awards are the Caldecott Medal for "Arrow to the Sun", a Pueblo myth, and Caldecott honors for "Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti" and "Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest". In addition, McDermott is Primary Education Program Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.
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