The Man Who Planted Trees
by Jean Giono
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Translated by Barbara Bray
Illustrated by Harry Brockway
'And so, with great care, he planted his hundred acorns.'
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.
Paperback: 56 Pages
Product Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
Published by Vintage UK