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Gerald McDermott: Tale Spinner



Gerald McDermott: Tale Spinner
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     challenging words:    stories, based, deserts, kids, kinds, likes, sounds, spinner, tales, also, another, artist, author, class, college, different
     content words:    Gerald McDermott, Before Gerald McDermott, Caldecott Honor Book, Pueblo Indians, American Southwest, Caldecott Medal, Central America, Native Americans, Pacific Northwest, Honor Book


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Gerald McDermott: Tale Spinner
By Brandi Waters
  

1     Stories. Tales. Myths. Legends. As long as there have been people, there have been stories. There are stories that are new. There are stories that are very old. There are stories for children. There are stories for adults. There are stories about people just like you. There are also stories about people who are nothing like you. There are stories from all over the world.
 
2     Gerald McDermott is an author. He is also an artist. He loves stories. The old ones are his favorites. He likes the ones that are told from memory best. Those are the stories that people have been telling for many years. They are different all over the world! The stories are short. They are also simple. They are stories that people never get tired of hearing. Many of them are also stories that most people never get to hear. Gerald McDermott likes to learn about those kinds of stories. He learns stories from all kinds of people. He learns stories from all over the world. Then, he likes to share them with kids who have never heard them before. He learns the story. He writes it down. Then he adds his own art to the story. The pictures help to bring the story to life!
 
3     Gerald McDermott has been creating art for many years. It started when he was just a kid. He took his first art class when he was four years old. He loved it. He kept learning more. He even studied art in college. Before Gerald McDermott was a writer, he made movies. They were short cartoons that told the stories that he loved. He wanted to turn the movies into books. The first book that he finished was Anansi the Spider. It is a story from Africa. It won an award. It was named as a Caldecott Honor Book. It was one of the best picture books for kids that year.

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