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The Forest Man

The True Story of Jadav Payeng

The Forest Man
Anne Matheson By (author)
Kay Widdowson Illustrated by
USD $16.99
CAD $21.99


10.0 X 10.0 in
40 pg

5 - 8 ( Intrest Age )
K - 2 ( US School Grade Age )
NC940L (Lexile Code)


After years of harsh monsoon seasons, a forest on the river island of Majuli is in danger of being slowly washed away. Jadav, a boy living on the island, is determined to save the forest he loves.

This is the true story of how one young boy dedicated his life to creating and cultivating an expansive forest that continues to grow to this day. In a world impacted by climate change, Jadav Payeng’s inspirational story shows how one person’s contributions can make a difference in helping to save our environment.

Featuring a beautiful arlin paper cover with foil text enhancements and educational back matter including a glossary, fun facts, and resources for further reading, this book introduces a new understanding of our planet and encourages mindfulness and action when it comes to caring for the environment.

In partnership with Trees for the Future (TREES), each book sold plants a tree.


"Once again, Flowerpot Press delivers high-quality content in a high-quality package." (Starred Review)Youth Services Book Review - Youth Services Book Review

"An excellent, child-friendly introduction to a global issue."Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews

(Starred) "A must for picture-book collections."Booklist

Author Bio

Kay Widdowson is a freelance illustrator based in Chorlton, Manchester. She's made a living from art for the past 34 years.  She studied at Chesterfield College of Art and Design where she discovered her love of illustration and design. She then work as an animator in children’s television for five years before going freelance. Since then she has worked as a freelance  illustrator for children’s books. All her work is hand- drawn and painted in gouache, felt-tip pens and colored pencils in a messy way and then adjusted in photoshop. She enjoys  being in her studio every day with her cat Pablo, radio on, paintbrush in hand, coffee and biscuits at the ready and paint all day.