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The Man Who Planted Trees

Written by Jean Giono, Richard Mabey

Illustrated by Harry Brockway

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LoveReading View on The Man Who Planted Trees

A recommendation from our Guest Editor, Michael Morpurgo MBE

A book for children from 8 to 80. It’s the tale of one man’s dedication to planting trees and how it has a profound effect on a region of South-east France. I love the humanity of this story and how one man’s efforts can change the future for so many. It’s a real message of hope. - Michael Morpurgo 


The Man Who Planted Trees Synopsis

Discover this beloved masterpiece of nature writing that is a hymn to creation and to the power of the individual to do their bit to change the world for the better.

In 1910, while hiking through the wild lavender in a wind-swept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes across a shepherd called Elzeard Bouffier. Staying with him, he watches Elzeard sorting and then planting hundreds of acorns as he walks through the wilderness. Ten years later, after surviving the First World War, he visits the shepherd again and sees the young forest he has created spreading slowly over the valley. Elzeard's solitary, silent work continues and the narrator returns year after year to see the miracle he is gradually creating: a verdant, green landscape that is a testament to one man's creative instinct.

A beautiful story of hope, survival and selflessness, The Man Who Planted Trees resonates as strongly with readers today as when it was first published.

Featuring an introduction from award-winning naturalist Richard Mabey, author of Nature Cure.

The Man Who Planted Trees Press Reviews

In Giono's work what every sensitive, full-blooded individual ought to be able to recognise at once is 'the song of the world' Thoughtful and potent, this captivating tale of nature and nurture will bring a smile to many lips - Connexion

One of the greatest writers of our generation The Man Who Planted really special to me - it's a book I give away to people a lot -- Kevin McCloud - Mail on Sunday

A book for children from 8 to 80. I love the humanity of this story and how one man's efforts can change the future for so many -- Michael Morpurgo - Independent

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ISBN: 9781860461170
Publication date: 16/11/1995
Publisher: The Harvill Press an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781860461170
Publication date: 16th November 1995
Author: Jean Giono, Richard Mabey
Illustrator: Harry Brockway
Publisher: The Harvill Press an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 56 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Family / Home Stories

About Jean Giono, Richard Mabey

Jean Giono (Author) Jean Giono was born in 1895 in Manosque, Provence, and lived there most of his life. He supported his family working as a bank clerk for eighteen years before his first two novels were published, thanks to the generosity of Andre Gide, to critical acclaim. He went on to write thirty novels, including The Horseman on the Roof, and numerous essays and stories. In 1953, the year in which he wrote The Man who Planted Trees, he was awarded the Prix Monegasque for his collective work. Jean Giono died in October 1970.

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