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The Name of the Tree

Written by Celia Barker Lottridge

Illustrated by Ian Wallace

  • 40 Pages
  • 9780888990976
  • 10.560" x 9.380"
  • Reading age from 5 to 9
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Africa


Publication Date May 01, 2002

Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Mr. Christie's Book Award

A well-known Bantu tale brought to dramatic life by extraordinary pictures depicting Africa in an uncliched way.

Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 1989

Winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award 1989


Celia Barker Lottridge
Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books, including Ticket to Curlew (winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog (nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Book starred review) and Stories from the Life of Jesus (Publishers Weekly starred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountains after hearing her mother's stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter's written by Celia's aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace is one of Canada’s best-known children’s book creators. Over a long and distinguished career he has published many picture-book classics, including Boy of the Deeps and Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. His illustrations for Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Just So Stories have each received three starred reviews.

Ian has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, among others. He has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.


"A lively African folktale that celebrates effort rather than talent...A strong read-aloud, handsomely illustrated." Booklist

"The steady cadence of the text makes the story a worthy addition to the storytelling shelf, and young readers should also find it satisfying reading." School Library Journal

"The story moves quickly in an easy, conversational style." Horn Book