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Children's Fiction Africa

The Name of the Tree

A Bantu Tale

by (author) Celia Lottridge

illustrated by Ian Wallace

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2002
Africa, General, Country & Ethnic
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
Recommended Reading age
5 to 9
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2002
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Mr. Christie's Book Award

A well-known Bantu tale brought to dramatic life by extraordinary pictures depicting Africa in an uncliched way.

About the authors

Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books, including Ticket to Curlew (winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog (nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Book starred review) and Stories from the Life of Jesus (Publishers Weekly starred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountains after hearing her mother's stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter's written by Celia's aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.

Celia Lottridge's profile page

Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing many classics such as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps and The Huron Carol. His visual interpretation of Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot received three starred reviews and was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and a Resource Links’ Year’s Best. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

Ian Wallace's profile page


  • Winner, Mr. Christie's Book Award
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

Editorial Reviews

The steady cadence of the text makes the story a worthy addition to the storytelling shelf, and young readers should also find it satisfying reading.

School Library Journal

The story moves quickly in an easy, conversational style.

Horn Book

A lively African folktale that celebrates effort rather than talent...A strong read-aloud, handsomely illustrated.


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