The Boy Who Grew A Forest

The Boy Who Grew A Forest

The True Story of Jadav Payeng

Book - 2019
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As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India's Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. What began as a small thicket of bamboo, grew over the years into 1,300 acre forest filled with native plants and animals. The Boy Who Grew a Forest tells the inspiring true story of Payeng--and reminds us all of the difference a single person with a big idea can make.
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Michigan : Sleeping Bear Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781534110243
Branch Call Number: B PAYENA j
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Harren, Kayla - Illustrator


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Jul 24, 2020

I love trees! Besides their beauty, their contribution to the Earth and their usefulness to mankind go on and on. I was impressed that Jadav thought in terms of others' needs, from the trees to all the animals that benefited from the new habitat, and the people of the island. When the people needed some of the wood of the trees to live, I held my breath. Thank you, Sophia; she did not yell and swing the ax at "tree Killers"; she showed that it only took caring management and replanting of the trees to enable ALL to benefit from this wonderful resource.
Note: This book is rated for 1-5th graders. I see it as a great read-aloud book for parents and teachers. I hope they elicit good dialogue and point out that Jadav was 16 when he started his forest project.

jcljessicaj Jan 09, 2020

I love non-fiction told in an easy to understand, fun to listen to story. This book is one of those, and the illustrations are beautiful to look at. It highlights the tenacity of the main character as he grows and shows the process of growing things and developing a place for plants and animals to thrive.

JCLBetM Oct 24, 2019

So interesting! Payeng started planting what is now Molai Forest in 1979 at the age of sixteen. From nothing to a lush forest that brought animals back to the area. I'm so glad his story is being told to a wider audience, and what a wonderful true tale for kids to read--seeing the possibilities of how little acts can make big impacts for good in the world.


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