THE MAGIC BOJABI TREE (ages 4-7)
THE MAGIC BOJABI TREE is a story straight from the heart of Africa. There are as many versions of it as there are storytellers and the magical tree has had many names. It’s a story for children who enjoy nonsense names and nonsense rhymes. The repetitive element helps the concept of story being a journey.
A group of wild animals in a drought-stricken land come across a beautiful tree laden with fruit. But a HUGE python is coiled around the tree and won’t budge until the animals tell him the name of the tree. To find the answer the animals have to undertake arduous and dangerous journeys to find a grumpy lion. Ultimately a small tortoise wins the day.
The story has plenty of action and is laced with enough drama and humour to keep children between ages four and seven captivated. The rhythmic language will have them making up nonsense words and joining in the story telling while Piet Grobler’s illustrations bring their own magic to the story. Was there ever a lion so grumpy or a snake so wily?
NOMINATED for the 2014 KATE GREENAWAY AWARD
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PUBLISHED BY FRANCES LINCOLN, UK, 2013
Brazil – Editora Biruta
France – Circonflexe
Germany – Freies Geistesleben
Japan – Mitsumura
Slovenia – Zala Publishing
South Korea – Yeoyoudang
South Africa – Human & Rousseau Publishers (Afrikaans & English)