The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

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This is the timeless story of a solitary shepherd who spent his life working anonymously to reforest Provence, France, and by doing so revitalized the land and the people who lived there. A barren region in France is brought back to life by the efforts of Elzeard Bouffier who, with great determination, plants 100 acorns everyday over thirty years
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2005
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9781931498722
Characteristics: ix, 61 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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Jul 18, 2016

Beautiful and TRUE story from the slopes of the Alps in France. Charcoal makers devastate the region by cutting down the oak trees. The spirngs go dry, the region becomes windy, the charcoalers leave their villages and move away. There is one single person, a simple shepherd, who sees the trerrible result of human devastation and he alone starts to plant oak trees with acorns he collects from other woody regions. When the forests he created in secret grow up, the charcoal makers move back and want to destroy the region again by cutting down the re-grown forests. But the author, who had talked to the shepherd, talks to one of his regional friends in authority, who forbids the cutting down of the young trees. This true story shows how selfish and dumb people destroy Nature and thereby they destroy our own habitat. Watch the movie "Soylent Green" to see where this human invasion of the Earth leads us - in the end they will eat each other. If we don't change the present trends of the growing human herd and its impact on Earth, this movie will become reality.

Jun 20, 2016

The Man Who Planted Trees --- Jean Geono
In a desolate world where little grows and streams no longer flow, a simple shepherd begins to cull acorns and to plant trees. In his remote valley, he does so of his own does so quietly, of his own volition, without coming to anyone’s attention. Every day he plants. Day in, day out and with time, the saplings grow and become the woods that once grew there. Once again, the streams began to flow and the land had been made whole.
This is a slim book: sixty pages short. The story is simply told. It could be read to a child. Wood cut illustrations add to its simplicity and integrity. Inspiring.

May 08, 2016

Simple yet profound...this short story pays homage to the Nature that sustains us...physically, psychologically and spiritually. Recommended.


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