Under the Baobab Tree by Julie Stiegemeyer

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The baobab tree story, which I wrote (the church version) is actually based upon a true story, told by Limakatso Nare, a Lutheran pastor who is currently serving a congregation in Louisiana. When he was growing up in his native Africa, he gathered for Sunday school under the baobab tree. Here he learned the Biblical stories of Noah and the ark, Jonah and the big fish, and the parables of Jesus. His Sunday school experiences inspired my story, Under the Baobab Tree.


About Julie Stiegemeyer

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Stiegemeyer is a teacher and writer. E.B. Lewis is the award-winning illustrator of such books as Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys "by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, which was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and This Little Light of Mine". He received the Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon" by Jacqueline Woodson and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman" by Nikki Grimes. E.B. Lewis lives in New Jersey, and you can visit him online at www.eblewis.com.
Published September 4, 2012 by Zonderkidz. 33 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A brother and sister travel to a special gathering under a gigantic baobab tree in this quiet, beautifully illustrated story set in a rural area of an unnamed African country.

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From the opening full-bleed, full-spread watercolor illustration of a young boy greeting the dawn in front of his grass-roofed hut with arms stretched wide toward heaven, to the final spread of a community gathered to praise God under a baobab tree’s encompassing branches, a spirit of quiet joy...

Apr 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Under the Baobab Tree

City Book Review

Take a journey across the beautiful landscapes of Africa with Moyo and Japera, siblings on their way to the baobab tree, which is also known as The Tree of Life.

Aug 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Under the Baobab Tree

The Christian Manifesto

by Julie Stiegemeyer is a children’s book about the importance of the baobab tree in Africa.

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