Dear Baobab tells the sweet, sad, and ultimately hopeful story of a little boy’s new life in North America

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Dear Baobab is a new children’s picture book that tells the story of Maiko, a young boy who has left his home in Africa behind - including his beloved baobab tree - and is trying to adjust to his new life in North America.

The cover of Dear Baobab

Dear Baobab by Cheryl Foggo

Cheryl Foggo has effectively captured Maiko's homesickness and vulnerability, and Qin Leng's illustrations bring Maiko and the two landscapes - African and North American - sweetly to life.

Maiko is an orphan who 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.

In Dear Baobab Cheryl Foggo has effectively captured Maiko's homesickness and vulnerability, and Qin Leng's illustrations bring Maiko and the two landscapes - African and North American - sweetly to life. Readers will relate to Maiko as he struggles with feeling small and planted in the wrong place in this touching story of a child's experience of immigration and the search for belonging.

Watch the trailer for Dear Baobab on youtube. And visit the website for Second Story Press, a quality independent book publisher of social justice books.

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