The Magic Bojabi Tree, Hardback

The Magic Bojabi Tree Hardback

Illustrated by Piet Grobler

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Python has wrapped himself around the melon/mango/pomegranate tree with its delicious fruit, and he won't share the fruit unless the animals can tell him the correct name of the tree.

Elephant, Monkey and Zebra each in turn visit Lion, who alone knows the name of the tree.

But every time, the animals forget the name on the journey back to the tree.

Then Tortoise, the slowest, smallest animal goes to Lion - and sings a special song to remind him of the name.

It is the Bojabi Tree! Python unwraps himself from the trunk, and all the animals share a feast.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781847802958


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Summary: In this story, four friends (Monkey, Tortoise, Elephant, and Zebra) are traveling through the desert, trying to find food. One day they came across a tree that was covered in fruit. However, Python was guarding the tree and wouldn't let the friends eat from it until they told him the name of the tree. The friends decided to individually go to the King of the Jungle to find out the name of the tree. Zebra went first, followed by Monkey, and then Elephant. All three of them were told the name of the tree was Bojabi, but as they made their return to the tree, they each forgot the name. Tortoise went last and although the friends thought it would take him forever to reach the tree and return, he was the only one to successfully remember the name of the tree. The four friends were then allowed to each from the tree as Python left. Review: The main idea of this story is to let students know not to doubt the abilities of others. As seen in this story, all three of the Tortoise's friends thought he would be too slow and forget the name of the tree before he came back. However, Tortoise proves all of his friends wrong since he was the only one who remembered the Bojabi trees name. Thus, his friends realized they should not have doubted his abilities in the first place. This is a great way to teach students that even though others may be faster than some or think they are better, this is not necessarily true. I really liked the story behind this book and thought it would be a great way to teach students about what it's like to believe in others and to not doubt anyone elses ability.

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I loved this new African tale. The children love how silly the animals are for not remembering the name of the Bojabi tree - the lion has clearly stated the name! Good old tortoise saves his friends from hunger by going slow and repeating the word. I would use this book to teach the lesson of the story - patience and practice.

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An appealing, vibrantly illustrated version of a lesser known African folktale.