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El mangle

By Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Paperback: $11.95

Durante mucho tiempo, los habitantes de la aldea de Hargigo, en el diminuto país africano de Eritrea, no tenían suficiente comida para alimentarse a sí mismos y a sus animales. Las familias pasaban hambre, y sus cabras y ovejas también. Pero llegó un científico, el Dr. Gordon Sato, quien cambió radicalmente sus vidas. Y todo empezó por unos árboles muy especiales.

Estas son las plantas,
las plantas delos manglares
sembradas junto a los mares.

Alternando verso y prosa, El mangle invita a los lectores a descubrir cómo el proyecto de plantar mangles del Dr. Sato transformó una aldea pobrísima en una comunidad autosuficiente. Esta cautivadora historia de innovación medioambiental es una celebración a la creatividad, el esfuerzo y la capacidad de una persona para cambiar positivamente la vida de muchas.

For a long time, the people of Hargigo, a village in the tiny African country of Eritrea, were living without enough food for themselves and their animals. The families were hungry, and their goats and sheep were hungry too. Then along came a scientist, Dr. Gordon Sato, who helped change their lives for the better. And it all started with some special trees.

These are the trees,
Mangrove trees,
That were planted by the sea.


With alternating verse and prose passages, The Mangrove Tree invites readers to discover how Dr. Sato’s mangrove tree-planting project transformed an impoverished village into a self-sufficient community. This fascinating story is a celebration of creativity, hard work—and all those mangrove trees that were planted by the sea!

Check out the research-based read aloud and paired text lessons for The Mangrove Tree created by the staff at the award-winning, non-profit ReadWorks.org.

Check out educator lesson plan and activities for The Mangrove Tree, a title featured in RIF’s Multicultural Book Collections. To find other free activities that inspire young readers as well as learn more about Reading Is Fundamental, visit us at RIF.org.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Susan L. Roth - Author, Illustrator

SUSAN L. ROTH’s vibrant, unique, mixed-media collage illustrations have appeared in numerous outstanding picture books, including Parrots Over Puerto Rico, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal; Prairie Dog Song; The Mangrove Tree; and most recently Every Month Is a New Year and Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. Roth and her husband live in New York. Visit her online at susanlroth.com.

Photo: Daniel Gonzales

Thumb_thumb Cindy Trumbore - Author

CINDY TRUMBORE has been involved with young people's literature for most of her career. A former editor in children's book publishing, she now writes children's books, edits books for classrooms, and teaches writing. She has collaborated with her friend Susan L. Roth on several award-winning titles, including Parrots Over Puerto Rico, which won the Robert F. Sibert Medal for Nonfiction; The Mangrove Tree; and most recently Prairie Dog Song. She lives with her husband in Delaware. You can visit her online at cindykane.net.

Photo: Krysti Sabins