The Boy Who Grew A Forest

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The Boy Who Grew A Forest
Kayla Harren and Sophia Gholz

This inspiring picture book illustrates the real-life story of Jadav Payeng, who grew 1,300 acres of forest to protect the environment. “In India, on a large river island, among farms and families hard at work, there lived a boy who loved trees.” Jadav becomes alerted when he finds out that animals are dying around his village. The erosion caused by deforestation destroys the habitat of snakes and other animals. Something needs to be done! So, Jadav decides to take action by creating a new home for these animals by planting trees…

The eco-critical story is suitable for an ecological project week on “Saving the Forests” at school and can be related to climate change and the destruction taking place in the Amazon rainforests.

/ · · 2019

Critical edition

Gholz, Sophia and Kayla Harren. The True Story of Jadav Pajeng: The Boy Who Grew A Forest. Sleeping Bear, 2019. 1169 pp., ISBN 9781534110243

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Intercultural perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Students can identify with the text