The Mangrove Tree
The Mangrove Tree
Planting Trees to Feed Families
Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600604591, 40pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
For a long time, the people of Hargigo, a village in the tiny African country of Eritrea, were living without enough food for themselves and their animals. The families were hungry, and their goats and sheep were hungry too. Then along came a scientist, Dr. Gordon Sato, who helped change their lives for the better. And it all started with some special trees.
These are the trees, Mangrove trees, That were planted by the sea.
With alternating verse and prose passages, The Mangrove Tree invites readers to discover how Dr. Sato's mangrove tree-planting project transformed an impoverished village into a self-sufficient community. This fascinating story is a celebration of creativity, hard work and all those mangrove trees that were planted by the sea
CINDY TRUMBORE has been involved with young people's literature for most of her career. A former editor in children's book publishing, she now writes children's books, edits books for classrooms, and teaches writing. Trumbore was inspired to tell the story of the Puerto Rican parrots by a quarter in the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters program that featured El Yunque National Forest and an image of a Puerto Rican parrot. As a follow-up, "an article about this quarter in my local paper made me want to learn more about Puerto Rican parrots," says Trumbore. She lives in New Jersey.
SUSAN L. ROTH's unique mixed-media collage illustrations have appeared in numerous award-winning children s books, many of which she also wrote. Her bookParrots Over Puerto Rico won the Robert F. Sibert Medal for Nonfiction from the American Library Association.About the illustrations for this book Roth says, "I cut blade after blade of grass to fill the prairies. I guess I cut about fifty billion!"Roth lives in New York.