THE NAME OF THE TREE: A Bantu Folktale. Retold by Celia Barker Lottridge. Illustrated by Ian Wallace. Margaret K. McElderry. $14.95. (Ages 6 to 10) This tale of hunger ''in the land of the short grass,'' where King Lion alone knows the name of the tree with magical fruit, is also about the common sense of tortoises.
This gorgeous boxed set comprises two of Celia Barker Lottridge's acclaimed Bible books: Stories from the Life of Jesus and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel. The first volume is a powerful retelling of events in Jesus' life and the stories he tol...
When a drought spreads through the land of the short grass, the animals set out across the great plain to find food. Their only hope for survival is a tree with a variety of colorful fruit. The problem is its branches are too high. To reach them, the wise old turtle says, one must know the name of the tree, something only King Lion is privy to. In this Bantu folktale retold by Celia Barker Lottridge, the hero is not the most cunning or the strongest but the one that tries the hardest. Ian Wallace's striking illustrations of desert landscape and luscious fruit help bring this tale to life.