After walking for miles during a severe draught, a group of animals comes upon a special tree that is filled with colorful fruit, but to get to the high branches, one must know its name and King Lion is the only one who does. 100,000 first printing.
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When a drought spreads through the land of the short grass, the animals set out across the great plain to find food. Their only hope for survival is a tree with a variety of colorful fruit. The problem is its branches are too high. To reach them, the wise old turtle says, one must know the name of the tree, something only King Lion is privy to. In this Bantu folktale retold by Celia Barker Lottridge, the hero is not the most cunning or the strongest but the one that tries the hardest. Ian Wallaceâs striking illustrations of desert landscape and luscious fruit help bring this tale to life.