THE IROKO MAN
retold by Phillis Gershator
illustrated by Holly C. Kim
This is an adaptation of the story "Oluronbi" in Yoruba Legends by M. I. Ogumefu (London: The Sheldon Press, 1929; reprinted by AMS Press in New York).The iroko tree is Chlorophora excelsa, native to West Africa. It is also called the African oak and Nigeria teak. Its timber is valuable and is used for shipbuilding and furniture. Strange but true, a small number of the trees contain lumps of calcium carbonate, called iroko stones, hard enough to dull woodworking tools. Like other sacred old trees in Nigeria, certain irokos are filled with souls of the newborn.
Published by Orchard Books, New YorkFor reading ages 4-811-1/2"h x 9"wFully illustrated28 pagesISBN 0-531-06810-2
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