Under the Baobab Tree

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Product Details
Price
$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Zonderkidz
Publish Date
Pages
32
Dimensions
9.2 X 10.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780310725619

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About the Author
Julie Stiegemeyer has authored more than twenty books for children. She has also written for magazines, newspapers, and devotional books. In addition to writing, Julie teaches writing and English as a Second Language. Julie and her husband and son live in Irvine, California. Find out more at www.juliestiegemeyer.net.
E.B. Lewis is the award-winning illustrator of such books as Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, which was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and This Little Light of Mine. He received the Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes. E.B. Lewis lives in New Jersey, and you can visit him online at EBLewis.com.
Reviews
STARRED REVIEW: From the opening full-bleed, full-spread watercolor illustration of a young boy greeting the dawn in front of his grass-roofed hut with arms stretched wide toward heaven, to the final spread of a community gathered to praise God under a baobab tree's encompassing branches, a spirit of quiet joy and wonder reverberates through this tale. As brother and sister Moyo and Japera walk dusty roads to the next village, they pass through their diverse community: weaverbirds in acacia trees, gazelle at a watering hole, a termite mound "rising from the tall grass like a finger pointing to heaven," rendered by Lewis (Bat Boy and His Violin) as a vivid red natural sculpture decorating a brown, arid plain. Amid the children's observations and musings, Stiegemeyer (Seven Little Bunnies) interweaves the refrain "But who will gather today under the baobab tree?" A preface page introduces the baobab tree, describing its practical and spiritual value to the African savanna's human and animal communities. Understated lyricism combines with uncluttered, foreground-focused depictions of creation in this prose hymn of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise.--Publisher's Weekly
'A subtle, captivating glimpse of another way of life, with a regrettably generalized author's note about the significance of the baobab tree in African culture.' - Kirkus Review--Kirkus Review
'Amid the children's observations and musings, Stiegemeyer (Seven Little Bunnies) interweaves the refrain "But who will gather today under the baobab tree?" A preface page introduces the baobab tree, describing its practical and spiritual value to the African savanna's human and animal communities. Understated lyricism combines with uncluttered, foreground-focused depictions of creation in this prose hymn of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise.' - Publishers Weekly Review--Publisher Weekly Review