Published by Millbrook Press
Summary: Growing up in Cameroon, Tantoh was sometimes laughed at for asking too many questions in school. He loved nature, especially learning how to grow plants. His classmates gave him the nickname Farmer, meant to be an insult, but Tantoh embraced the title. He purposely failed an exam that could have led to a well-paying office job so he could spend all his time outside growing crops. After studying agriculture in Cameroon and the U.S., Tantoh helped transform Cameroon by focusing on clean water and community gardens. He founded the organization Save Your Future Association to build community, protect the environment, and promote education. Includes an authors’ note with additional information about Farmer Tantoh, and photos and African proverbs on both the front and back endpapers. 32 pages; ages 7-11.
Pros: As the authors write about Tantoh in their note: “His story is a reminder of many things–being true to your passion, using resources wisely, and never forgetting your roots.” It’s an inspirational tale about one person making a big difference for many others.
Cons: This is not likely to be a book most kids will pick up without some adult guidance.