A Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African 12 Days of Christmas

A Stork in a Baobab Tree

Catherine House, illustrated by Polly Alakija

$9.99 P, 9781847806055
Frances Lincoln

Just in time for Black History Month, this unique version of the classic 12 Days of Christmas arrives with its musical tour of 12 African countries. Each of the 12 new verses replaces the familiar scenarios with a special glimpse into African village/tribal life.

Emotively illustrated by Alakija, readers will find thatched huts, woven baskets, wooden carvings, grazing goats, drummers, dancers, and storytellers, all of which draw them into the story with a warm and personal appeal.

The baobab tree, which survives times of drought, has highly spiritual meaning in African cultures. The stork is a powerful symbol of survival of a species that bridges cultures and leads Europeans into this joyful African world. It’s a happy, cross-cultural read for all ages.

January 1, 2017
Reviewed by: 
Anna Jedrziewski