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The Magic Orange Tree

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The Magic Orange Tree by Diane Wolkstein
Paperback $16.00
Jan 21, 1997 | ISBN 9780805210774

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“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

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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