The Iroko-Man by Phillis Gershator
A Yoruba Folktale

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A woman of the village asks the Iroko-man, a tree spirit, to allow her to bear a child, and he demands the child in exchange for his magic. But when the baby is born, the woman and her woodcarver husband cannot bear to part with him, and must find a way to outwit the Iroko-man.

About Phillis Gershator

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Phillis Gershator is the author of 20 books for children, including Honi's Circle of Trees (JPS,1995). A former children's librarian, she is a recipient of the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award.
Published March 1, 1994 by Orchard Books. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Later, when she refuses to give up the child, the irate spirit changes her into a bird--until the wood-carver tricks him with a wooden boy.

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Using a somewhat more formal approach than that found in Tukama Tootles the Flute (see review above), Gershator here retells a Yoruba folktale about a ``man-spirit'' who inhabits the iroko tree.

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