Jabuti the Tortoise (Trickster)

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Of all the animals in the rain forest, Jabutí was the favourite. 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 Jabutí 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 Jabutí 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 colourful as his bold illustrations. Jabutí is an unusual tale of a trickster s fall from grace, and of how creation can sometimes come from chaos

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Color springs from the pages . . . Simply written and well paced, this will make an imaginative read-aloud choice for classroom units on the rain forest. --Booklist

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GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of books for children. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City and a lifelong artist, he began his career as an animated filmmaker before moving into the creation of children's books based on storytelling traditions from around the world. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors; his extensive and influential body of work includes six popular picture books focusing on the trickster motif. Devoted to oral tradition and the transformative power of mythology, he was the first Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and served as a consultant on mythology in education. www.geraldmcdermott.com

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Book Description HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. With its shocking-pink jacket and swirls of brilliant designs, McDermott s retelling of this rain forest tale is visually arresting but narratively a bit colorless. The reputed trickster Jabuti gets his comeuppance when a jealous Vulture offers to fly the tortoise and his flute to the King of Heaven s festival of song, then wickedly drops his passenger down from the skies. The King of Heaven chastises the vulture, and the birds who put Jabuti s smooth shell back together again gain new feathers as their reward. Though Jabuti s shell is cracked and patched , his song is sweet . Oddly, Jabuti doesn t possess a trickster s lively intelligence or cleverness, and the story s plot is resolved by the God of Heaven s intervention rather than by the protagonist s cunning. The story begins with the animals that Jabuti has tricked, but they all disappear immediately in favor of a pourquoi tale about how the tortoise got the cracks on his shell. McDermott s illustrations, on the other hand, vibrate with electric colors and patterns. Jabuti s huge eyes and geometric smile, and the interior, brightly colored birds are startling when silhouetted against the pink sky. This title is suitable for ages 4-8. Seller Inventory # AA99780152053741

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