Under the Baobab Tree  -     By: Julie Stiegemeyer
    Illustrated By: E.B. Lewis
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Under the Baobab Tree

Illustrated By: E.B. Lewis
ZonderKidz / 2012 / Hardcover

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Discover Africa and see who's gathering Under the Baobab Treewith this beautifully illustrated book. Join Moyo and Japera as they travel down the long dusty, red road to the next village where people gather under the baobab tree to share important stories, news, and wisdom. See how important this great tree is to the people and animals of Africa, as it provides food, shelter, and water.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0310725615
ISBN-13: 9780310725619
Availability: In Stock

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Under the Baobab Tree, written by Julie Stiegemeyer and illustrated by award-winning artist E.B. Lewis, is the story of Moyo and Japera, siblings who travel to worship God with others at the Baobab tree, also known as the Tree of Life.

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In Under the Baobab Tree, Julie Stiegemeyer takes children to an African village where locals gather each day under a mammoth "tree of life" to conduct business, tell stories, gather news, and also study the word of God. Moyo and his younger sister Japera know that the Baobab tree is hundreds of years old. Its branches provide fruit that people and animals (especially elephants) love to eat. Its trunk provides shelter from rain and wind. Its leaves provide shade and coolness.


Moyo and Japera have to walk a few miles from their home in order to reach the village. Along the way they observe the unique animals of their homeland, including termites that can build a tower ten feet high and weaverbirds that can build nests in the highest branches of the acacia trees. Once at the village, the children go to the baobab tree and decide that it is so huge, ten children holding hands and linked around it couldn't span the trunk. When a pastor steps forward, all the people begin to sing hymns and to rejoice at hearing the Bible preached.


The paintings by award-winning artist E. B. Lewis emphasize contrasts, such as the black inside of a village hut set atop the bright red soil of the arid terrain. When traveling tradesmen bring their goods to market, their clay pots, baskets of flowers, and bolts of fabric are multi-colored and captivating.

This little book shares elements of geography, theology, and sociology on a level youngsters can understand and be captivated by. - Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

STARRED REVIEW: From the opening full-bleed, full-spread watercolor illustration of a young boy greeting the dawn in front of his grass-roofed hut with arms stretched wide toward heaven, to the final spread of a community gathered to praise God under a baobab tree’s encompassing branches, a spirit of quiet joy and wonder reverberates through this tale. As brother and sister Moyo and Japera walk dusty roads to the next village, they pass through their diverse community: weaverbirds in acacia trees, gazelle at a watering hole, a termite mound “rising from the tall grass like a finger pointing to heaven,” rendered by Lewis (Bat Boy and His Violin) as a vivid red natural sculpture decorating a brown, arid plain. Amid the children’s observations and musings, Stiegemeyer (Seven Little Bunnies) interweaves the refrain “But who will gather today under the baobab tree?” A preface page introduces the baobab tree, describing its practical and spiritual value to the African savanna’s human and animal communities. Understated lyricism combines with uncluttered, foreground-focused depictions of creation in this prose hymn of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise. -- STARRED REVIEW: From the opening full-bleed, full-spread watercolor illustration of a young boy greeting the dawn in front of his grass-roofed hut with arms stretched wide toward heaven, to the final spread of a community gathered to praise God under a baobab tree’s encompassing branches, a spirit of quiet joy and wonder reverberates through this tale. As brother and sister Moyo and Japera walk dusty roads to the next village, they pass through their diverse community: weaverbirds in acacia trees, gazelle at a watering hole, a termite mound “rising from the tall grass like a finger pointing to heaven,” rendered by Lewis (Bat Boy and His Violin) as a vivid red natural sculpture decorating a brown, arid plain. Amid the children’s observations and musings, Stiegemeyer (Seven Little Bunnies) interweaves the refrain “But who will gather today under the baobab tree?” A preface page introduces the baobab tree, describing its practical and spiritual value to the African savanna’s human and animal communities. Understated lyricism combines with uncluttered, foreground-focused depictions of creation in this prose hymn of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise.
'A subtle, captivating glimpse of another way of life, with a regrettably generalized author’s note about the significance of the baobab tree in African culture.' - Kirkus Review -- 'A subtle, captivating glimpse of another way of life, with a regrettably generalized author’s note about the significance of the baobab tree in African culture.' - Kirkus Review
'Amid the children’s observations and musings, Stiegemeyer (Seven Little Bunnies) interweaves the refrain “But who will gather today under the baobab tree?” A preface page introduces the baobab tree, describing its practical and spiritual value to the African savanna’s human and animal communities. Understated lyricism combines with uncluttered, foreground-focused depictions of creation in this prose hymn of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise.' - Publishers Weekly Review -- 'Amid the children’s observations and musings, Stiegemeyer (Seven Little Bunnies) interweaves the refrain “But who will gather today under the baobab tree?” A preface page introduces the baobab tree, describing its practical and spiritual value to the African savanna’s human and animal communities. Understated lyricism combines with uncluttered, foreground-focused depictions of creation in this prose hymn of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise.' - Publishers Weekly Review

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