Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree
By William Miller
Photographed by Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu
Zora is full of dreams. From the top of the chinaberry tree, she dreams of living in the cities beyond the horizon. Her father thinks she should wear dresses and leave dreaming and tree-climbing to boys. But her mother teaches Zora that like each new branch of the chinaberry tree, dreams are always within reach.
Independent and full of spirit, Zora explores her hometown and listens to the stories of its people — stories her mother makes her promise to remember. But it isn't until Zora is faced with her mother's death that she realizes the importance of her promise. Based on autobiographical writings of the renowned African American writer Zora Neale Hurston, this is a story that will appeal to all readers who, like Zora, believe in their dreams.
About the Creators
is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for LEE & LOW. Mr. Miller lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he teaches African American literature and creative writing at York College.
and his wife Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated dozens of award-winning books. Their illustrations have been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “bright, detailed and dynamic, vividly depicting . . . characters’ facial features and personalities.” Van Wright, a native New Yorker, lives in New York City.
and her husband Cornelius Van Wright have illustrated dozens of award-winning books. Their illustrations have been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “bright, detailed and dynamic, vividly depicting . . . characters’ facial features and personalities.” Hu, who was born in Taiwan, lives in New York City.
About This Title
Reading Rainbow Selection
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Pick of the List
American Bookseller's Association
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 4
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 4
Nonfiction, Dreams & Aspirations, Coping with Death, Breaking Gender Barriers, African/African American Interest, Biography/Memoir, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Courage, Education, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Mothers, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Overcoming Obstacles, Persistence/Grit, Pride, Women's History
Part of These Collections
Historical Fiction Grades PreK-2, Early Fluent Dual Language, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Early Fluent English, English Guided Reading Level K, Mother's Day Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Black History Collection, Grades K-2, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), Women's History Collection, Death & Grief, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades K-2, African American English Collection Grades 3-6, Back to School Collection Grades PreK-2, African American English Collection Grades PreK-2, Dual Language Collection English and Spanish, Dual Language Levels J-M Collection, Persistence and Determination Collection Respect and Self-Respect Collection,