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Ages: 6-8

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Guided Reading Level: N

Dear Baobab

by: Cheryl Foggo
illustrated by: Qin Leng
Maiko knows what it is like to be small and to feel planted in the wrong place... Maiko has left his village in Africa far behind, moving to North America to live with his aunt and uncle. When he thinks of home, he thinks of the beautiful big baobab tree at the center of the village. In his new home, Maiko feels a connection to the small spruce tree in the front yard – it’s seven years old, the same age as he is. The tree sings to Maiko and shares his secrets. When he learns that the roots of the tree are growing too close to the house, putting the little spruce in danger of being cut down, Maiko tries to save it. He knows all too well what it’s like to be small, and planted in the wrong place.

While Maiko tries to keep his sadness to himself, his aunt and uncle quickly realize that something is wrong. Together, they work out a solution that saves the tree, seeing it transported to a new forest. Just like Maiko, his tree will learn to grow and thrive in its new home.



"Dear Baobab is a charming read that, without being too syrupy-sweet, offers encouragement to anyone who has ever felt they are in the wrong place. ... The conversations between Maiko and the tree are particularly superb, capturing the charm and innocence expected of any seven-year-old, but containing the ache of someone who longs for the past." - Quill & Quire, July 2011

"Maiko experiences an orphan’s loneliness and an immigrant’s unease but eventually finds comfort in his new home." - Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011

"Lovely!" - Sal's Fiction Addiction Blog, September 20, 2011

"Foggo's lyrical text is perfect for reading aloud, and certain expressions nearly turn the story into poetry...Maiko's story is simple and buoyant and will appeal to a wide range of children." - CM Magazine, September 30, 2011

"Loved the original concept with the Baobab tree, and the universal concept of children having to move and try to fit in." - Melanie Ski, So Many Books... So Little Time, October 30, 2011

"This book is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. It is suitable for both individual readers and for story time." - Laura Reilly, Resource Links

"Leng's illustrations are a very good match for the story. Perfect for young listeners or readers ages 5 up." - The Happy Nappy Bookseller, October 25, 2011

"This sweetly illustrated picture book is the story of a small boy’s struggle to develop a sense of belonging in a new country. All primary aged children can relate to his vulnerability and to the many emotions expressed in Maiko’s story, making it an ideal venue for teaching the concept of making connections." - Canadian Teacher Magazine, November 1, 2011

"Calgarian Cheryl Foggo's impressive writing credentials foretold the jewel of Dear Baobab, her first children's picture book, a sympathetic but hopeful portrayal of finding a way to fit it." - HelenK, CanLit for Little Canadians, December 13, 2011

"This is a moving and delightful story of a child who has had to make enormous changes in his life. Beautifully - even lyrically - written, it also has evocative and warmly human illustrations. A lovely book." - Healthy Books Blog, July 10, 2013 


Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: N

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