In 1910, while hiking through the wild lavender in a wind-swept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes across a shepherd called Elzéard Bouffier. Staying with him, he watches Elzéard sorting and then planting hundreds of acorns as he walks through the wilderness.
Ten years later, after the war, he visits the shepherd again and sees the young forest he has created spreading slowly over the valley. Elzéard’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.
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About the Author
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 André 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 Monégasque for his collective work. Jean Giono died in October 1970.
Harry Brockway (Illustrator)
Harry Brockway was born in 1958 and studied sculpture at Kingston Art School and at the Royal Academy, where he learned engraving. He makes a living as a stonemason as well as a wood engraver.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story in the book is fantastic. It is inspiring and may even change your entire outlook if you open yourself up a little. BUT this particular version is packaged in a wee, tiny, little book. I'm not kidding, it's really, really small. I think it was designed for leprechauns. The book measures a mere 4 7/8" / 3 7/8". Honestly, it fits entirely within a shirt pocket. It is small.
This beautiful fictional story, about a man in early 20th century France who replants large desolate areas with trees, is an inspiration. We get a rare glimpse of an uncommon common man who spends a life in selfless work, showing that even small efforts can change the world for the better. And all this while he tended his sheep.
The Guardian asked authors to name the books they¿d most like to pass on to the next generation. The wonderful Michael Morpurgo chose this little volume illustrated with woodcuts claiming it is 'a book for children from 8 to 80'. So I was drawn to read this short book and I was mesmerised. A further draw was the setting of the Provemce region in France but this allegorical short story was not reliant upon one place. It is the story of one man dedicated to planting trees, a story of hope as one man makes a difference. The truths therein were universal and of universal appeal - so simple yet so profound I agree wholeheartefly with Michael Morpurgo's choice.
This beautifully printed book pays homage to one of the greatest short stories in literature. It is a true "world story" that can speak to any person from any generation. If you don't know it - read it.
A lovely story of a person who finds his own personal happiness in nature and hard work, not in the noble fruits of his labor. I wish it was longer! I really enjoyed this little book and I think anyone would like reading it.
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.