When a drought leaves all the animals hungry, one by one they try to discover the name of the magical tree that will give them its fruit if asked by name—but only one animal will succeed. This illustrated chapter book retelling of a folktale from Zambia is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Persistence & Grit set.
Product Dimensions:5.5 x 8.13 inches
Page Count:48 pages
Age Range:Ages 6-9 years
Awards & Accolades
“This Zambian folktale about a wonderful tree with a very tricky name, and the hungry animals who seek to learn (and remember) that name, has been adapted by Don as a chapter book for early readers. The repetitious nature of the story is well suited to the format, while the colorful and playful illustrations have the appeal of a picture book” — Booklist
“An amusing story which children of 6+ will enjoy reading for themselves” — Parents in Touch
About the Contributors
Retold by - Lari Don
Lari Don was born in Chile and brought up in Scotland. She has worked in politics and for the BBC, but now spends her time collecting and telling stories and making up new ones. She is an award-winning children's author as well as a traditional storyteller, whose love of myths, legends and fables inspires her fiction. Lari lives in Edinburgh, UK with her family.
Illustrated by - Melanie Williamson
Melanie Williamson is an illustrator who loves all things bright and quirky. She collaborated on a poetry anthology titled My First Oxford Book of Nonsense Poems (Oxford University Press, 2002). Melanie lives in Manchester, UK.