The Boy Who Grew a Forest

(The True Story of Jadav Payeng)

The True Story of Jadav Payeng, The Boy Who Grew a Forest, by Sophia Gholz, Illustrated by Kayla Harren, Sleeping Bear Press 2019

Publisher’s description: “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.”

Debut author, Sophia Gholz, teamed up with experienced illustrator, Kayla Harren, to create this inspiring true story about the powerful impact one person can have when they pair passion with action and persistence in the face of difficulties.

Jadav Payeng’s story is truly remarkable. As a young boy, he was saddened and worried by the loss of trees and the erosion of his Indian island home. So he did something about it. Starting with just 20 bamboo saplings, Jadav grew an entire forest that became home to a biodiverse range of insects, birds, and animals.

This story is both educational and inspiring, and the illustrations are beautiful. It promotes conservation and ecology without being preachy. And it includes back matter with more information about Jadav Payeng and his forest, along with instructions for planting seeds, so children can enjoy watching their own forests grow.

*Thank you, Sleeping Bear Press, for providing me with a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

1 thought on “The Boy Who Grew a Forest

  1. Such a lovely and inspiring story! The illustrations have also captivated me. I’m looking forward to reading Jadav Payeng’s story.

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