The Talking Baobab Tree
by Nelda LaTeef, Illustrated by Nelda LaTeef
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2020
List Price: $0.00
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Sub-Saharan Publishers
Publisher: Sub-Saharan Publishers
Parent Company: Sub-Saharan Publishers
The Talking Baobab Tree is derived from a story the author heard while visiting a Wolof village in the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal. The story is in keeping with traditional Wolof tales which reveal a deep admiration for getting the better of a stronger, more powerful opponent. Wolof proverbs are blended into the story as are the Wolof words: Oubi (open) and jerry-jef (thank you).
The Wolof people make up forty percent of the population of Senegal and are celebrated for their oral tradition, sense of style, and hospitality. An often repeated saying among the Wolof is “Eat whatever you like but wear clothes that please others.” There are over ten million Wolof speakers, many of whom live in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania.