Jadav and The Tree Place is a children’s non-fiction book covering the story of Jadav ‘Mulai’ Payeng, a man who created a forest, by planting one tree at a time.
Another great children’s non-fiction storybook from Pratham and Storyweaver.
Sample Text from Jadav and the Tree Place
This is Jadav, a tree-planter.
He loves tree-places because they are full of life.
No-tree-places make him terribly sad, because they are full of dead things.
Years ago, Jadav was walking along the banks of the great Brahmaputra River when he arrived at a big, empty no- tree-place.
It was dry and hot. The sand was powdery and striped.
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Jadav ‘Mulai’ Payeng is a conservationist and recipient of the Padmashree, one of the highest civilian honours awarded by the Indian government. Jadav lives in Majuli, Assam.
At the age of 16, distressed by the sight of dying snakes that had washed up on a sandbar banking the Brahmaputra, Jadav decided to plant some trees in the spot. He started small, with bamboos, and grew an entire forest, plant by painstaking plant. This was back in 1979.
Over the next three decades, Jadav and his tree- planting have managed to change the soil in the barren area. The 550-hectare sandbar is now a lush, dense forest and home to a variety of flora and fauna, including elephants, tigers, apes, deer and many species of local and migratory birds. Jadav continues to visit and nurture his forest every day, planting wherever he finds empty patches.
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