The Magic Orange Tree: and Other Haitian Folktales

The Magic Orange Tree: and Other Haitian Folktales

by Diane Wolkstein

Paperback(Revised ed.)

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When Diane Wolkstein, herself a well-known storyteller traveled throughout the Haitian countryside in search of stories, she harvested a rich collection of twenty-seven tales, each of which is illuminated by fascinating introductory notes. From orange trees growing at the command of a child to talking fish, these stories present us with a world of wonder, delight, and mystery.

With a foreword by Edwidge Danticat

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805210774
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/21/1997
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 603,004
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

DIANE WOLKSTEIN lectured and performed throughout the world. The author of eighteen books for adults and children, she died in 2013.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Edwidge Danticat / vii
Spirit, Sovereignty, Story: The Magic Orange Tree Twenty Years Later / ix
Introduction / 2
The Magic Orange Tree / 13
The Two Donkeys / 23
Owl / 29
Put That Man to Bed / 37
Four Hairs from the Beard of the Devil / 43
The Case of the Uncooked Eggs / 49
Tayzanne / 57
Cat and Dog and the Return of the Dead / 65
The One Who Would Not Listen to His Own Dream / 71
Papa God and General Death / 75
Bouki Dances the Kokioko / 79
Papa God Send Turtle Doves / 87
The Singing Bone / 91
The Gizzard / 99
The Monkey Who Asked for Misery / 113
The Name / 117
Cat’s Baptism / 123
“I’m Tipingee, She’s Tipindee, We’re Tippindee, Too” / 129
The Master Thief / 135
Horse and Toad / 143
Mother of the Waters / 151
A Very Happy Donkey / 157
“One, My Darling, Come to Mama: / 165
The Forbidden Apple / 171
“Papa God First, Man Next, Tiger Last” / 177
The Last Tiger in Haiti / 183
“Bye-Bye” / 189
Songs in English and Creole / 195
Acknowledgments / 211

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