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The Mangrove Tree by Susan L. Roth
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Jun 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: environment-conservation, nature, non-fiction, africa, international, global-reading-project
Read in June, 2012

The story of how planting mangroves in the dry coastal village of Hargigo, Eritrea, is helping the people and animals who live in the area to have more food and a better life. Told in two narratives: one is a short, "House that Jack Built" style text and the other explains more of the situation and the process. "This is the tree, a mangrove tree./These are the trees, Mangrove trees, that were planted by the sea." Roth's collages incorporate cloth, textured papers, and natural materials. The story features Dr. Gordon Sato's Manzanar Project, named after the internment camp he spent time in as a teen during WWII, which had a profound influence on his life and reflects his desire to "fight injustice with hope." Photographs of the project and more details are included in an afterword, in additional to a glossary, web- and bibliography.

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