The magic orange tree, and other Haitian folktales

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Schocken Books, 1980 - Juvenile Fiction - 212 pages
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A collection of folktales gathered by the author in Haiti with comments on Haitian folklore.

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Review: The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales

User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

These folk tales were collected during many storytelling sessions held over several years throughout Haiti. I found that most of the stories end in completely unexpected ways, and include surprising, seemingly-anachronistic references. An interesting introduction to Haitian story culture. Read full review

Review: The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales

User Review  - CuriousLibrarian - Goodreads

This is a good collection of Haitian folktales. I enjoyed the backstory for each tale of the teller and how she came to hear the story. Also the inclusion of melodies for the songs is very helpful. Read full review


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About the author (1980)

Diane Wolkstein has been teaching, performing, and writing for over thirty-five years. She is the author of numerous award-winning books of folklore, including "The Magic Orange Tree, and Other Haitian Folktales" and "Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer." Known for her meticulous research as well as her great range as a performer, Ms. Wolkstein traveled to Australia three times while preparing this story. She gives workshops on storytelling worldwide and lives in New York City. In Her Own Words...

"I love stories. They give me strength, Inspiration, courage, and great delight. For thirty years I've told stories at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. I love watching the eyes of my audience light up as they enter stories. Stories let us explore the farthest places in the universe and the deepest recesses of the human heart. They present possibilities. They let us try out different emotions and characters. Stories are treasures which last forever.

"I also enjoy gardening, dancing, swimming, painting, and creating stories with music. My daughter, Rachel Zucker, is a poet, photographer, and the mother of a little boy named Moses.

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