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El Hombre que plantaba arboles by Jean Giono

El Hombre que plantaba arboles (original 1954; edition 2004)

by Jean Giono

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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono (1954)

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    Book2Dragon: Both of these books took my breath away in their depth and layered meanings. You will find Giono's book perhaps more adult, and McLerran's for all ages, but both are much needed for the world today.

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A fable-like story of how one person's determination and perseverance can change the world, or at least, his part of it. Magical. ( )
  velvetpaws | Oct 15, 2015 |
This short story is almost a fable. The unnamed narrator is traveling little-known mountain villages in France, and comes across a wasteland in 1913. He meets a shepherd, Elzéard Bouffier, who roams around planting trees, and this small act of kindness causes amazing rejuvenation.

I read the anniversary edition with lovely wood engraving illustrations by Michael McCurdy. It's a feel-good sort of story that the author himself hoped would inspire others to plant trees, and my town is reading it as a community read this month. If you enjoy stories about conservation, you may give this a try - and it is very short, so it will not take long - though it was a little preachy for my taste. The added content in this edition with information on planting/growing trees and national (and international) resources will be a bonus for anyone who is inspired to plant. ( )
  bell7 | Sep 18, 2015 |
Every Grandchild gets a copy! ( )
  Stronghart | Jan 1, 2014 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Giono tells the story of a man who was able to change an area – its landscape and inhabitants through the planting of trees. This is a wonderful short story that has a huge impact. One man was able to find happiness and change his surrounding through a simple action and patience is inspiring. My edition had an afterward that I would recommend people read. It talks more about the author and how this story came about. ( )
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Glasauer, Willisecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Man Who Planted Trees is not a detailed how-to guide to planting; it is a touching story of Elzéard Bouffier, who devoted his entire life to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France. He single-handedly planted 100 acorns each day before, through, and after two world wars, and transformed a sorrowful place into one full of life and joy. Jean Giono's words offer a tribute to how much good one person can accomplish in a lifetime and advise on how to live life with deep meaning. Illustrated with moving, beautiful wood engravings by Michael McCurdy, The Man Who Planted Trees is simply written but powerful and unforgettable. The text is also available on tape, eloquently narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema and accompanied by music from the Paul Winter Consort.

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An allegorical tale, urging readers to rediscover the harmonies of the countryside and prevent its wilful destruction.

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