Tree of Life
The World of the African Baobab
Paperback, 32 pages
Ages: 6-10; Grades: 1-5
On the hot, dry savannahs of Africa, the baobab stands silent and ancient. A tree of gargantuan proportions, it can measure up to forty feet across and sixty feet high, and it can live more than a thousand years. The branches of this venerated giant look so much like gnarled roots, legend has it the tree was originally planted upside down!
Leafless and bare for much of the year, the baobab might be mistaken for dead. But this fascinating tree, which the African people call "mother," is very much alive, providing shelter and food to an incredible variety of creatures.
Readers will be intrigued by this unique glimpse into the interconnection of life on the African savannah and will discover why the baobab truly deserves to be called "the tree of life."
Barbara Bash, a resident of Brookly, New York, is also the author of the first volume in Sierra Club Books’ Tree Tales series, Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus.