- Did you know 80% of the world’s vanilla comes from the Sava region in Madagascar? Bolo tells us what it’s like “Vanilla farming is very important for my community. You can smell its fragrance. Once the vanilla is harvested, it smells good.”
- But being a vanilla farmer can be a difficult life. A whole crop can be wiped out in a day by extreme weather, decimated by disease, fire or even stolen. But Bolo tries not to worry about these things. “I’m not stressed. I keep calm and cool. This is how I farm vanilla, I do it with all my heart.”
- Bolo learnt how to farm vanilla through Unilever and Save the Children’s ‘Vanilla for Change’ programme. The programme provides training for young people, helps them get a fair price for their crop and makes sure they have essentials like health insurance and back up crops.
- Inspired by Bolo’s life, in this book you’ll meet Bolo’s friends and find out what Bolo does when a disaster hits his community’s crops.
“My daughter loves this book and almost knows it off by heart. We absolutely love Wonderbooks and will be really sad when they end!”Wonderparent to a little reader aged 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Grown up's guide
Bolo’s Best Song
Themes: Resilience / Community Development
Jessica Smith is a super talented illustrator based in Bath. She loves using gouache and digital mediums to create fun and playful illustrations and turn them into products (or books!) for you to use or see everyday!
Jess’ work often finds her illustrating all things natural; plants, flowers, animals and people – which made her the perfect choice for this book.