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Published by Struik Publishers in Cape Town .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Africa -- Juvenile literature.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Other titlesBaobab is big and other verses from Africa
Statementwritten and illustrated by Jacqui Taylor.
GenreJuvenile literature.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPR9369.4.T385 B36 2004
The Physical Object
Pagination79 p. :
Number of Pages79
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18455631M
ISBN 101868727181, 186872946X
ISBN 109781868729463
LC Control Number2008552455

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Once again author and illustrator Jacqui Taylor has drawn inspiration from the animals, plants and images of Africa for this delightful book of verse. Children will love the bright colours, textures and detail in her illustrations, which are factual rather than fantastical and therefore educational, yet in a fun style. The verses themselves are rhythmical and make use of indigenous words in. A Baobab Is Big - And Other Verses From Africa (Hardcover) / Author: Jacqui Taylor ; ; Poetry texts & anthologies, English literature texts, English (including English as a school subject), Language & literature, Children's & Educational, Books. A Baobab is Big and other verses from Africa is a beautiful, fun and perceptive celebration of African images and themes as seen from a child's perspective. Children, young and older, will enjoy the eye-catching illustrations and charming verses, reflecting the colours, textures and joys of Africa.   Although Alexander von Humboldt never saw a baobab, he wrote: ‘Among organic creatures, this tree [Dracaena draco (dragon tree)] is undoubtedly, together with the Adansonia or baobab of Senegal, one of the oldest inhabitants of our planet’ (Humboldt ). With their enormous size, distinctive and often grotesque appearance, and great age (measured perhaps in thousands of years), baobab 5/5(2).

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  Although Alexander von Humboldt never saw a baobab, he wrote: 'Among organic creatures, this tree [Dracaena draco (dragon tree)] is undoubtedly, together with the Adansonia or baobab of Senegal, one of the oldest inhabitants of our planet' (Humboldt )/5(2).   A Baobab is Big - Kindle edition by Taylor, Jacqui. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Baobab is s: 8. The baobab is surely the botanical symbol of Africa, instantly recognizable from afar and a compelling icon of the African landscape. This age-old 'upside-down tree' invariably inspires wonder, awe and mystery, and has intrigued travellers for hundreds of years. A Baobab Is Big: And Other Verses From Once again author and illustrator Jacqui Taylor has drawn inspiration from the animals, plants and images of Africa for this delightful book of verse. Children will love the bright colors, textures and detail in her illustrations, which are factual rather.