|I am farmer : growing an environmental movement in Cameroon|
Author: Paul, Baptiste
Tantoh Nforba, an environmental hero, brings clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Paul, Miranda|
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 501416
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/18)
School Library Journal (02/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/01/19)
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Booklist - 02/01/2019 As a child, Tantoh asked many questions—too many, according to his teacher. He also loved playing in the dirt and planting things. Fortunately, where his teacher discouraged, his grandmother nurtured his curiosity in the natural world. This nature-loving boy would grow up to be Cameroonian environmentalist Farmer Tantoh, who is credited with bringing fresh water, community gardens, and environmental awareness to hundreds of villages. He does all this with the only resources he has: knowledge and people. The book begins and ends with a poetic description of northwest Cameroon and proceeds to capture the delight of a boy inspired to plant onions, fascinated by the textures of the earth, and keenly aware of the interdependence of people and the planet. When a severe episode of typhoid almost ends his life, Tantoh turns his attention to the most basic of necessities: clean water. Zunon’s mixed-media illustrations include collage using traditional fabric designs, photographs, and washes of delicate watercolor. This is a beautiful book about an important topic and the man behind a movement. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 Gr 2–5—As a young child in Cameroon, Tantoh Nforba loved to play in his grandmother's vegetable garden and was eager to learn how soil, water, and weather influenced the production of food. Although his friends teased him about his low aspirations, he was determined to become a farmer. A severe bout with typhoid fever brought on by drinking polluted water made him aware of the lack of available clean water to his countrymen. Nforba's passionate interest in sustainable farming, the environment, and clean water sources has resulted in the education of a growing number of local communities and farmers. He has organized village groups to dig wells, create organic farms, and reduce pollution. Bold full-color collage illustrations bring to life his home in Nkambe and the surrounding countryside, and photographs of Nforba and his family add to the reality of the inspirational story. The authors share African proverbs, both ancient and modern, that have motivated Nforba and his community. VERDICT A valuable work for early lessons on the environment and small-scale community action, and a reminder that one person can bring about change even in difficult circumstances.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.