Featured books by Gerald McDermott

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

By: Gerald McDermott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Myths and Legends

Have you ever wondered how the Moon was placed in the sky? According to this Ashanti tale, Nyame, the god of all things, put it there when Anansi could not decide which of his sons deserved it. Brilliant illustrations accompany this classic retelling of a traditional tale.

Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon

Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon

By: Gerald McDermott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction

Vulture is sick and tired of Jabuti’s trickery. He gets his revenge when he flies the tortoise high in the air, then drops him, breaking his shell. But Jabuti puts himself together and comes out on top — with the help of the birds of the rainforest. How those birds got their colorful plumage is vividly explained in this brilliantly colored and well-told tale.

Monkey: A Trickster from India

Monkey: A Trickster from India

By: Gerald McDermott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction

Monkey is quick-witted and so ably outsmarts dull crocodile in this simply told, lushly illustrated tale drawn from traditional tales told long ago in India.

Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa

Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa

By: Gerald McDermott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

To gain wisdom, Zomo, the small black rabbit, successfully accomplishes a series of impossible tasks assigned by the Sky God in this traditional Nigerian tale. Richly colored, stylized illustrations accompany the simple text — ideal for sharing aloud.

Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Bookshop.org and Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." — Austin Phelps