The Magic Orange Tree: and Other Haitian Folktales

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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.

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Overview

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.

A collection of folktales gathered by the author in Haiti with comments on Haitian folklore.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book is sheer delight. Grown-ups of all ages, as well as children of all ages, will revel in it.
—Lillian Ross, The New Yorker

"An unusual and arresting book . . . [Wolkstein's] prefatory notes are so eloquent and so filled with flashes of light thrown upon the customs, beliefs, and practices of the Haitian people that nothing else seems to be wanted."
—Katherine M. Briggs, author of The Anatomy of Puck and A Dictionary of British Folktales in the English Language
 
“Wolkstein is a handsome example of a Translator: a person who can bridge cultures in such a way as to bring understanding, wit, humor, and moral meaning along with the words.”
—Barre Toelken, Journal of Latin American Literature & Arts
 
“It is a joy to have this book, not only to read it, but to listen to it. The Magic Orange Tree is a gift.”
—P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins

From the Publisher
“This book is sheer delight. Grown-ups of all ages, as well as children of all ages, will revel in it.
—Lillian Ross, The New Yorker

"An unusual and arresting book . . . [Wolkstein's] prefatory notes are so eloquent and so filled with flashes of light thrown upon the customs, beliefs, and practices of the Haitian people that nothing else seems to be wanted."
—Katherine M. Briggs, author of The Anatomy of Puck and A Dictionary of British Folktales in the English Language
 
“Wolkstein is a handsome example of a Translator: a person who can bridge cultures in such a way as to bring understanding, wit, humor, and moral meaning along with the words.”
—Barre Toelken, Journal of Latin American Literature & Arts
 
“It is a joy to have this book, not only to read it, but to listen to it. The Magic Orange Tree is a gift.”
—P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210774
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,422,700
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet 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
Spirit, Sovereignty, Story: The Magic Orange Tree Twenty Years Later
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 Sends 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 Tipingee, We're Tipingee, 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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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    The Little Haitian Girl (SPOILER ALERT)

    I like the book, because I never thought of a girl who had control over a tree just because it fell off her skirt and planted itself. I think it was interesting for the fact that she can have revenge on her stepmother for being selfish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    A Reminder of Haitian Beauty

    Though i am not old enough to remember a Haiti without severe political problems, (the Duvalier's, macoutes, and present) this book allowed me to see a Haiti rarely seen in the public eye. I know that the people who created these stories have a deep love for life, that can be discerned from each page, every story. Here you also see the entertainment of Haiti, before television, before the onslaught of modern media. This publication and others have brought Haiti into the literary eye once again, a nation with it's own great literary history, not to be ignored. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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