Item description for The Man Who Planted Trees, 20th Anniversary by Jean Giono...
Twenty years ago Chelsea Green published the first trade edition of The Man Who Planted Trees, a timeless eco-fable about what one person can do to restore the earth. The hero of the story, Elzard Bouffier, spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a desolate, barren section of Provence in the south of France. The result was a total transformation of the landscape-from one devoid of life, with miserable, contentious inhabitants, to one filled with the scent of flowers, the songs of birds, and fresh, flowing water. Since our first publication, the book has sold over a quarter of a million copies and inspired countless numbers of people around the world to take action and plant trees. On National Arbor Day, April 29, 2005, Chelsea Green is releasing a special twentieth anniversary edition with a new foreword by Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the African Green Belt Movement.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 10.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 29, 2005
Publisher Chelsea Green
ISBN 1931498725 ISBN13 9781931498722
Availability 0 units.
More About Jean Giono
Jean Giono (1895 1970) workedas a bank clerk for 18 years before his first two novels were published. He went on to write 30 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. Harry Brockway is a wood engraver and stone carver. Barbara Bray (1924 2010) was an English translator and critic."
Reviews - What do customers think about The Man Who Planted Trees, 20th Anniversary?
A Book For The Ages, For All Ages Aug 21, 2008
Several years ago, I read The Man Who Planted Trees and enjoyed it so much that I passed it on to a friend to read. With the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition, I decided this was a book that had to be reread and added to my library as an all-time favorite. My second reading was enjoyed even more than the first. Perhaps the wisdom I have garnered between readings has come to a fuller fruition.
Jean Giono has created a marvelous character in Elzeard Bouffier, a man who found purpose in life by the planting of acorns that grew into magnificent trees. Since he never wandered far from his home, he was able to see the fruits of his labor and the complete revitalization of the landscape around him. It is no wonder that he seldom saw the need for talk. Seeing was both believing and self-fulfilling for him.
The wood engravings by Michael McCurdy add beauty and simple elegance to the story. The picture of Elzeard Bouffier is exactly as Jean Giono portrays him: a kind and gentle soul, filled with peace and contentment with the earth in which he planted and walked upon.
Although this is a book for the ages, for all ages, it finds special relevance for our time. Everyone can benefit from the reading of this little book.
Moving Jan 20, 2008
I also have this book on tape with the Paul Winter Consort and play it often as inspiration. It has been my favorite story for years. I just shared the book with a friend at work and she found it very moving and like me wants to be a person like Elzeard Bouffier. Is it possible?
A book about the essence of life Feb 10, 2007
One can read this book in less than an hour. That hour can be an exquisite calming experience, and one that talks about alternative ways of achieving satisfaction, while contributing to the place where he lives. It's not really a Johnny Appleseed book, even though it is about planting trees. Rather, it is about contributing to the health of the Earth, while contributing to the health of the individual.
Hope and humanity Sep 30, 2005
I think the publisher wrote the perfect review for this book. It is a book about planting seeds and the seeds of life and what can happen when we give in the most humane, natural way. When nature and the human spirit work as one. The illustrations are a beautiful compliment to the writer. It makes a perfect gift and will inspire those who read it.