The Last Mapou Written by: Edwidge Danticat Illustrated by: Edouard Duval-Carri Grade Level: 3rd-5th grade In Haiti, the mapou (silk cotton) tree is a very symbolic national tree. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat and renowned painter Edouard Duval-Carri team up for this rich and vivid tale about a young girl's relationship with her grandmother, and the history, beauty and circumstances of their family's mapou tree. This is Danticat's second children's book.
Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-American writer living in Miami. She won the American Book Award in 1999 for "The Farming of Bones" and her book "Brother, I'm Dying," was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of National Book Critics Circle Award. Danticat holds a degree in French literature from Barnard College and an MFA from Brown University. Her short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, and she has won a James Michener Fellowship, and was named a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.