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Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab

On the hot, dry savannahs of Africa, the baobab stands silent and ancient. 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 most 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 for bushbabies, bats, antelope, birds, insects, baboons, elephants and humans.

"A subject rarely treated in picture book format, this is a beautiful introduction to the African ecosystem." Booklist, starred review

"The illustrations are breathtaking." Kirkus, pointer review

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PB 0-316-083224-4
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