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With a new Preface by Diane Wolkstein, and a new Foreword by Edwidge Danticat. This volume collects twenty-seven Haitian folktales and songs. Wolkstein traveled the Haitian countryside in search of stories, then harvested a rich collection of tales, each of which is illuminated by introductory notes. From orange trees growing at the command of a child to talking fish, these stories present us with a world of wonder, delight, and mystery. With drawings by Elsa Henriquez.
"The Magic Orange Tree is an unusual and arresting book.... Folklorists, anthropologists and storytellers will learn much from it.... Her 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 Encyclopedia of Fairies
"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
"The special merit of this book is to introduce us to the storytellers, who are a living fairy tale themselves, being moved by a spirit which we have lost and to which we all have to find our way back again."--Marie-Louise von Franz