Project Description

Food Literacy Toolkit: The Mangrove Tree

Resources for Teachers and Providers

For a long time, the people of Harigigo, 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.


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!

~Lee & Low books, Inc.


Extension Activities for Educators

Guide for Parents and Families



Memory Match

Teachers Guide

Guide for Community Coordinators