I am Farmer Launch & Send Off Party!
Discover the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon.
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.
His work inspires many, and young people are no longer ashamed of farming.”
“This heartening story . . . conveys the importance of sound agricultural practices across farms, schoolyards, communities, and nations.”
—The Horn Book Magazine
“This is a beautiful book about an important topic and the man behind a movement.”
“This book really teaches how important it is to follow our calling, even if it may not be as glamorous as the other jobs in the world.”
“Highly recommended for schools and libraries. A great way to learn about water conservation, as well as Cameroon.”