THE TREE HOUSE CHILDREN by Carolyn White

THE TREE HOUSE CHILDREN

An African Tale
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Folklorist White's first picture book--a simply told, deliciously gruesome tale of a witch stalking two succulent children--will rivet young readers. When their father leaves the baobab treehouse to go fishing, he warns the two not to lower the rope ladder until he calls. Hearing this, a passing witch sticks her tongue into a hill of biting ants to disguise her voice; when that doesn't work, she puts it into a nest of scorpions. Finally, she tricks a dinner invitation out of the father, but the clever daughter (who has seen through all her subterfuges) hides a fishhook in her food. Krîmer's loose-jointed, brightly clad figures framed in African motifs give the story a theatrical look. The witch (cat's eyes, fixed, toothy grin, swollen tongue) is suitably frightful; at her death, all the children she's ever eaten come back to life and fill the treehouse with happy babble. A strong debut for both author and illustrator. No source or comments on the adaption are given. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-79818-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1994