The Forest Man: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Anne Matheson; illustrated by Kay Widdowson. 2020. Published by Flowerpot Press.
Brief summary: Jadav Payeng and his family lived on Majuli, a river island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River in India. Because of the constant flooding from monsoons of this river and the receding of the water, the island starts to disappear, leaving a lot of sand. Teenager Jadav, decides to try to get the lush vegetation and animal species back to the island by planting trees. Having moved from the island, he rides on a bike full of trees, rows across the river in a rowboat, and plants the trees adding fertilizer and insects. The trees started to take root making the island stronger to the flooding. He plants for forty years, and the trees began to grow creating the habitat for various animals.
Jadav Payeng received many honors and awards for his work of the reforestation to the island of Majuli.
Comments: This is a story of how one person can make a difference through hard work and perseverance. The back sections have a glossary, a picture dictionary of the animals that live on the island, a timeline, and further reading.
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