This story has inspired me to give selflessly where ever I can back to nature. True naturalism is represented within its pages. As a horticulturalist, I've over time seen my own young trees that I've planted throughout the region, grow into large beautiful specimans. I've also seen the effect a stand of trees can have on a neighborhood. The Man Who Planted Trees, is a lesson in the true meaning of life.
Jean Giono's inspiring little book "The Man Who Planted Trees" explores the contrast between earth husbandry and war-mongering, succeeding on nearly every level. The true power in the work is in it's simplicity, mirrored in Michael McCurdy's wonderfully detailed black-and-white wood engravings which illustrate the work. In a well-written afterword, Norma Goodrich explores Giono's linkage of literature as a balm for hopelessness with a dream to reforest the earth (which may sound like a bit of a stretch, and requires a descent to humanistic sappiness, alas). This book should appeal to readers of all ages.
Jean Giono's inspiring story of the "man who planted trees" reached me some days ago as a birthday gift from my two sons.They thought it an appropriate gift for me probably because I am now engaged in an effort to grow trees in some land which I bought as a barren waste land. I found the book extremely inspiring.The interesting thing is that there indeed are unsung heroes and heroines in many parts of the world who do do such inspiring work without thought of reward.Some months back I read in Indian newspapers about a poor couple in the Karnatak state of India who decided to plant trees to assuage their sorrow in being childless.As they had no land of their own they decided to plant trees on the roadside.And ended up with magnificent avenue trees on miles and miles of the road near their village. There still seems to be hope for mankind!
I became acquainted with this compelling and moving story through an animation festival. Although the crowd of college students had been rowdy this film was the last shown and people all left the theater hushed. The story is not only about a man who plants trees, it is about how each of us can make a difference in the world by every small action of love. If we do not attach a need for recognition or money to our endeavors, they feed the spirit and health of the world. I have read this book over & over and seen the animated film 4 or 5 times, and I see and learn something different every time. What do you see?
The book basically is a story about how even a single person can make a big difference in the world. If you want to make the world a better place, you can start with onself. Although the odds may seem overwelming, persistance and patience prevail. It proves that brilliance is necessary to explain complex issues simply. The video is also excellent for children below the reading level. It is a kind of stop animation done with pastells, I really like how the artist makes a beautiful simplistic video explain an issue that could be construed as complex.
With the first few words my heart was taken. I found myself drawn into the inspirational isolationist world of this humble sheppard. He is one of a kind, a person who needs not any material posetions, or company, except the quiet comfort of his dog, but with out him I expect still he would not be lonely. The man who planted trees, now also available in an award winning video, does not need to have pictures or vast descriptions, its simplicity prooves the passion and beauty the man possesed. One story which must be experienced.
In this parable of Elazard Bouffier, Giono paints a picture of hope. A quiet hope for the future, resting on the solid principles of classical learning, humanism and sound ecological thinking. Reading this book is like a run through the forest, like diving in tall grass and listening to crickets during summer. This slender volume is one of the most magnificant works of literature ever produced.
A beloved and empowering story by Giono is brought to life by R.J.Lurtsema's narration and the Paul Winter Consort's ravishingly beautiful music. Jean Giono's eco-fable chronicles the enormous contribution that one person can make to the earth. The story's message of hope is reinforced by the lyrical and rhythmic music of the Paul Winter Consort.
This book is a useful tool in environmental education. The story follows the transformation of a valley from a devestated wasteland to a productive, healthy forest ecosystem, all because of the dedication and love of one man. Detailed woodcarvings illustrate the text.