Python has wrapped himself around the melon/mango/pomegranate tree with its delicious fruit, and he won't share the fruit unless the animals can tell him the correct name of the tree. Elephant, Monkey and Zebra each in turn visit Lion, who alone knows the name of the tree. But every time, the animals forget the name on the journey back to the tree. Then Tortoise, the slowest, smallest animal goes to Lion - and sings a special song to remind him of the name. It is the Bojabi Tree! Python unwraps himself from the trunk, and all the animals share a feast.
About the Author
Piet Grobler grew up on a farm in Limpopo, South Africa. After working as a church minister, he made a career in illustration and now lectures at the University of Worcester. He is the recipient of many international illustration awards, including the IBBY Honours List. His books for Frances Lincoln include The Great Tug of War and Aesop's Fables with Beverley Naidoo, and Fussy Freya with Katharine Quarmby. He lives with his wife and daughter in Great Malvern.
Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of Southern Africa. She graduated as an art teacher in Cape Town and has written several teenage novels and picture books. she has won the M-Net Award for fiction and has two IBBY Honour Books.
"I used the tory as a basis for some `storytelling challenges'- simple scenario's to stimulate the children's own stories...It is a good demonstration of what oral stories do best." -- Judith Harries * Early Years Educator *
"Packed with humour and brought to life by Piet Grobler's vibrant illustrations... An immensely satisfying tale." * The Independent on Sunday *
"A treat to read aloud to children... A book that you will want to return to again and again." * Pirotta Blog *
"The text flows easily and is excellent for reading aloud, whilst the comic wordplay will engage all the family. The traditional story is lifted by the well- drawn characters who come alive in warm, delicate colours." * Carousel *
"A delightful animal folk tale." * Armadillo *
"Delightful" * IBBY Link *
"Featuring humorous, vivid and detailed illustrations which evoke the African landscape with a few strokes of the paintbrush, this is a great book to share with young children... it also gently reinforces the message about listening and remembering." * Reading Zone *
"Fabulously evocative illustrations... a humorous journey" * Practical Pre-School *
"A beautifully illustrated story." * Offspring *
"A delightful present for the younger reader." * Our Book Reviews *
"A treat to read aloud to children... A book that you will want to return to again and again." * Good Reads, Saviour Pirotta blog *
"The African landscapes and creatures are vividly depicted. [...] The repetition and clever use of words make it a super story to read aloud." * Parents in Touch *
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st October 2014
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.4
Weight (kg): 0.17