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The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
by Sophia Gholz
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.
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional (JNF007050)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Asia (JNF038020)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Trees & Forests (JNF037040)
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Author: Sophia Gholz
Sophia Gholz is a children’s book author and lover of trees. She grew up in northern Florida, surrounded by oak trees and longleaf pine forests. But Sophia’s favorite type of trees are the willows she encountered while visiting Australia as a child. Favorites aside, she believes that all trees are equally important. Today, Sophia lives by the beach with her family, where she spends her time researching, writing, and dreaming about faraway places. The Boy Who Grew a Forest is Sophia’s debut picture book. For more, visit: www.sophiagholz.com.
Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Kayla Harren is the author and illustrator of Mary Had a Little Lizard, and the illustrator of a number of other projects, including Hannah's Tall Order. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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