Amondo, Son of the Baobab

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In West Africa, a magnificent baobab presides over a village beset with a terrible drought. A long, long time ago, when the stars were still babies, the tree fell in love with the earth. As it buried its roots deep in the earth’s heart, the sun grew jealous. The sun shone and shone, until lakes and rivers flew away and even its own heart dried up and disappeared. At the centre of this tale is Amondo, son of the baobab, known as “The One Who Unites.” Only he can restore hope to the villagers by freeing the water from the spell cast by the sun. But in order to succeed, he must complete four difficult tasks… 

This play, followed by seven songs in Bambara, transports us to the extraordinary world of African folklore, to a time when the moon, trees and animals spoke to humankind.

Pub Date: 2024
Ages: 7 to 9
Keywords: Africa / Community / Heritage / Self-discovery

Hélène Ducharme is a playwright, director, actress, and puppeteer, and has been Artistic Director of her company, Théâtre Motus, for 25 years. She also served on the selection committee of the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) from 2012 to 2016 and the organization's board of directors from 2014 to 2016.

After studying design in Paris at the Duperré School and illustration in Strasbourg at the Arts Déco School, Julie Gueyfier began creating children's books. Over the past 15 years, she has produced no less than 30 picture books for several well-established publishing houses in France, including Rue du Monde, Le Seuil, Sarbacane, Milan, and Nathan. In 2014, Barefoot Books published Chandra's Magic Light in the US. Recently, she illustrated the award-winning picture book Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees, published by The Secret Mountain. 



Hardcover illustrated picture book (8.25” x 11.25”, 48 pages) with play and eight songs (68 minutes) available via QR code.

ISBN 978‐2‐898360-70-1
$19.95 CAD / $18.95 USD


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