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Gerald McDermott (1941–2012)

Author of Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

30+ Works 9,963 Members 484 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Gerald McDermott was born January 31, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. He began studying art when he was admitted to a class at one of the nation's finest museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts, when he was just four years old. He continued pursuing his passion for art at Cass Tech, a public high school show more for the gifted. Upon graduation, he was awarded a National Scholastic scholarship to New York's Pratt Institute. He took a leave of absence during his junior year to become the first graphic designer for Channel 13, New York's educational television station, the year it went on the air. He also designed and directed his first animated film, The Stonecutter. He then toured Europe, visiting and exchanging ideas with filmmakers in England, France, and Yugoslavia. He returned to Pratt to finish his degree in 1964 and began producing and directing a series of animated films on folklore. It was then that he met Joseph Campbell, who served as the consultant on four of McDermott's films. McDermott then began to adapt his films into picture books. His first book, Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. His other books include Arrow to the Sun: A Tale from the Pueblo that won the 1975 Caldecott Medal, Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest, another Caldecott Honor Book, and Musicians of the Sun. He died on December 26, 2012 at the age of 71. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Gerald McDermott

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale (1974) — Illustrator — 1,849 copies
Zomo the Rabbit (1992) 619 copies
Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk (1990) 350 copies
Creation (2003) 164 copies
Papagayo: The Mischief Maker (1980) 162 copies
Musicians of the Sun (1997) 127 copies
The Fox and the Stork (1999) 115 copies

Associated Works

Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (1991) — Contributor — 704 copies
The Brambleberrys Animal Book of Colors (1987) — Illustrator — 24 copies

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Birthdate
1941-01-31
Date of death
2012-12-26
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Occupations
filmmaker
children's book author

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A traditional Ashanti tale about a spider, Anansi. Anansi is out a long journey when he encounters trouble when he meets fish and falcon. Thankfully Anansi also encounters Nyame, the God of all Things, he is able to help get Anansi out of his tough situation. This beautifully illustrated book will be a favorite among elementary students.
 
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satnightfevre | 127 other reviews | Feb 16, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Pk-3rd
Awards: 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.
 
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Mparr1623 | 127 other reviews | Dec 7, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: 1st to 3rd

Awards: None
 
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