The Magic Bojabi Tree by Dianne Hofmeyr


The Magic Bojabi Tree by Dianne Hofmeyr

Python has wrapped himself around the melon/mango/pomegranate tree with its delicious fruit, and he won't share the fruit unless the animals can tell him the correct name of the tree. Elephant, Monkey and Zebra each in turn visit Lion, who alone knows the name of the tree. But every time, the animals forget the name on the journey back to the tree. Then Tortoise, the slowest, smallest animal goes to Lion - and sings a special song to remind him of the name. It is the Bojabi Tree! Python unwraps himself from the trunk, and all the animals share a feast.


'I used the tory as a basis for some 'storytelling challenges'- simple scenario's to stimulate the children's own stories...It is a good demonstration of what oral stories do best.'

'Packed with humour and brought to life by Piet Grobler's vibrant illustrations... An immensely satisfying tale.'

'A treat to read aloud to children ... A book that you will want to return to again and again.'

'The text flows easily and is excellent for reading aloud, whilst the comic wordplay will engage all the family. The traditional story is lifted by the well- drawn characters who come alive in warm, delicate colours.'

'a delightful animal folk tale'


'Featuring humorous, vivid and detailed illustrations which evoke the African landscape with a few strokes of the paintbrush, this is a great book to share with young children... it also gently reinforces the message about listening and remembering.'

'Fabulously evocative illustrations... a humorous journey.'

-School 'A beautifully illustrated story.

'A delightful present for the younger reader.'

'A treat to read aloud to children ... A book that you will want to return to again and again.'

'The African landscapes and creatures are vividly depicted. ... The repetition and clever use of words make it a super story to read aloud.'

About the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up next to the sea, on the southern tip of Africa, and has travelled just about everywhere in Africa since. Her father was a mapmaker - helping her to plot not only the stars and unfamiliar terrain but also the texture and smell of new experiences. Her writing is a result of journeys with notebook and camera through places like Eygpt, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Her teenage fiction has won the prestigious M-Net Book prize, judged with adult fiction, the Sanlam GOLD for Youth Literature (twice), the Sanlam SILVER award, the YOUNG AFRICA AWARD, an IBBY HONOURS BOOK award and a YOUNG AFRICA award. In South Africa, 'The Waterbearer' has won the M.E.R. award and is currently shortlisted for the Sunday Times Book of the Year.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

4th September 2014



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