Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Review: Under the Baobab Tree by Julie Stiegemeyer

Under the Baobab Tree

Author: Julie Stiegemeyer

Illustrations: E.B. Lewis

ISBN: 978-0-310-72561-9

Zondervan Publishing


Ages 4-7

Moyo and Japera walk down a dusty road to the next village to gather under the Baobab Tree, the tree of life. But who will gather there today?

Villagers gather to sell wares, others gather to pray or sing, friends gather to tell the truest stories of the village. But who will gather there today?

This is a beautiful story of the big tree in an African village where children walk miles just to visit under the big tree. Ten children cannot hold hands and reach around the tree because it is so large. It is the scene for story telling and sharing friendships for generation to generation. Read the story to find out who gathers today. It is a wonderful celebration.

I loved the story and it will keep children 4-7 engaged trying to guess who is meeting under the tree of life. It celebrates the Beautiful African culture of the villages far away. This is a great book to add to your collection and offers parents a wonderful way to introduce other cultures to young readers. The illustrations serve to enhance the story and offer examples of the African landscape of small villages.

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