Book with local roots awarded |

Book with local roots awarded

A book created in part by a Grass Valley couple has received an award for promoting tree planting.

Nicholas Cravotta, 39, co-authored “The Tree Farmer” with Chuck Leavell, keyboard player for the Rolling Stones. Cravotta’s wife, Rebecca Bleau, illustrated the book by painting on silk ” then throwing her art into the washer and dryer, Bleau said.

“The Tree Farmer” recently received the 2007 National Arbor Day Award, which recognizes people “for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship.”

“The award is exciting,” said Cravotta, “not only in the recognition of its ideals by such a prestigious organization as the National Arbor Day Foundation, but also in the opportunity it presents to share these ideas to a wider audience.”

The first 10,000 copies of “The Tree Farmer,” published by VSP Books of Lorton, Va., were donated to children from families in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina, Cravotta said.

The book also was a finalist for the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Awards. It is available at The Book Seller in Grass Valley.


To contact Prospector Editor Pam Jung, e-mail or call 477-4232.

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