By Dianne Hofmeyr
Illustrated by Piet Grobler
All of the animals of Africa are hot and hungry. They want the beautiful fruit from mysterious tree, but it is guarded by the biggest python they have ever seen. The python tells them they can eat the fruit if they name the tree, and the king of the beasts is the only one who knows the name. Sending zebra and monkey and elephant for the name ends in disaster as they forget the name on the way back. They try a bunch of silly words, but the python won’t budge. By the time turtle takes his turn, the king of the beasts is angry at being woken so many times. Still, turtle gets the name and makes up a rhyme to help him remember.
The Magic Bojabi Tree is an old African story that has many different versions. It’s a fun read for little ones that like catchy rhymes. I recommend reading the turtle’s song together so everyone can sing it during the story. With quirky, colorful paintings The Magic Bojabi Tree is sure to inspire giggles.
Recommended for ages 4-7
Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig Library)