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The Baobab Tree

First Reading Level 2
The Baobab Tree

  • The classic African folktale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures.
  • When the gods create a talking tree, they soon regret it because it won’t be quiet. So they turn it upside down and bury its head in the dirt.
  • Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
  • Includes several pages of reading-related puzzles.

Hardback with ribbon marker:

$7.95 Available


Age: 4+

Hardback with ribbon marker:
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 9780746096789
32 pages
198 x 130mm

Author/Editor: Louie Stowell

Illustrator: Laure Fournier

Press Reviews

Traditional cautionary tale from South Africa about the importance of not complaining. The tale explains why the curious Baobab tree looks like it has its roots in the air and why the gods decided to turn it upside down. The tale is told beautifully even with the simplest of language. The text is perfectly supported by attractive colour illustrations that give a real sense of African mythology. This title is part of a series that is excellent value in sturdy hardback.
Leicestershire County Council recommended Key Stage 1 Fiction Books


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