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The Mangrove Tree
Paperback - English

Jane Addams Children's Book Award; Starred Review; Starred Review; Best Children's Books of the Year: Outstanding Merit; Notable Books for a Global Society; Choices; Green Earth Book Award, Children's Nonfiction; Notable Children's Book; Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, Honor Book; Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature

The fascinating story of Dr. Gordon Sato, who helped a small African village become self-sustaining by planting a forest of mangrove trees to reshape the community's ecosystem.

Now in paperback

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

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22.56cm x 27.64cm x 0.48cm
Age Group
7 to 10
2nd Grade to 5th Grade
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About Author

Trumbore, Cindy
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.

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