From the Zarma culture of West Africa comes this folk tale of a hunter who must overcome an impossible challenge before he can marry the girl he loves."Overall, The Hunter and the Ebony Tree is a responsible and charming retelling of a Zarma tale and would be a good choice for an elementary school library seeking to expand its collection in this area. 

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  • Author: Nelda LaTeef
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm
  • Pages: 32
  • Reader's Age: 3-6 | 6-8 | 8-10
  • Rights Sold: Italian | Korean
  • Category: Children | Picture Book
  • SubCategory: Picture Book
  • Theme: Africa | Cultural Heritage
  • Publication Status: Published
  • Edition: First
  • Publication Date: 01-06-2002
  • Retail Price: 14.15 Euro
  • Available Languages: Albanian | Arabic... Check List
  • Original Language: English
  • Publication Country: U.S
  • Publisher: Nelda
Awarded and Featured Titles

The Hunter and the Ebony Tree, received the Storytelling World Honor Award and it was translated in Italian, Gaelic, and Korean. The story is included in Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales: Highly Recommended and Award Winning by Beth Zarian and a chapter is devoted to the story in Representing Africa in Children's Literature, Old and New Ways of Seeing. The illustrations for the picture book have been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the McLean Project for the Arts in Virginia


A beautifully told story with a wonderful message for every child.

—Chriss Winston, Director of Speech Writing for President George H.W. Bush




   An authentic African folk tale brought to life!

Wonderfully written for young readers ages 5 to 9 by Nelda LaTeef, The Hunter And The Ebony Tree is an authentic African folk tale brought to life in picture book form with LaTeef's remarkable, shape-centered full-color illustrations. The Hunter And The Ebony Tree is the story of a hunter who must demonstrate intelligence, skill, and loyal friends to overcome challenges and win the hand of a wise young woman makes for enjoyable reading aloud to young folks. The Hunter And The Ebony Tree is enthusiastically recommended for family, school, and community library folk tale and picture book collections.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    —Midwest Book Review

This book teaches young children the values of self-esteem, honor and goal setting.

—Marva N. Collins, educator and author of "Marva Collins Way," "Ordinary Children" and "Values"



    "An outstandingly beautiful book telling a worthy story that brings together a hunter and a maiden who use their heads to succeed. This delightful whimsical romance is inspired by an African folk tale the author heard in West Africa. It radiates joy and appreciation for friendship in the successful pursuit of a goal. The narrative flows easily and clearly among the gorgeous illustrations that radiate energy and action on every page. LaTeef's imagery captures the colorful costumes and stately grace of the characters in tropical settings of clear beauty. The book content and design are exceptional. For many people, it will be a fresh way of looking at and considering black African people. It will surely be influential for young people.” 
                                                                                                                    —Marie Jeanne Adams, professor of African History and Art, Harvard University

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