"In this contemporary South African tale written by Mhlobo Jadezweni, Tshepo is a boy who wishes he was as tall as a beautiful tree. He plants himself in the ground, waters himself, and magically grows into one. But as a tree, he soon comes to realize why it's good to be a little boy, at least for now. The story is funny, poignant and surprising, and fuses the mythical and the domestic in a quintessentially African fairytale." Told in Zulu, and accompanied by an English translation, this book is about the worries of growing up and belonging. The book was selected to appear on the 2008 Honour List of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and was joint winner of the inaugural Exclusive Books IBBYSA Children's Book Award. My illustrations were selected for a merit award by the New York illustration magazine 3 x 3. Purchase the book here.
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