The Man Who Planted Trees

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A legendary tale written by Jean Giono in the 1950s, sumptuously illustrated, and with an introduction by Michael Morpurgo

This is an optimistic tale of a man who brings back to life a waterless and desolate valley. Over a period of many years, the shepherd Elzéard Bouffier plants hundreds of hectares of oak, beech, and birch seeds, transforming an inhabitable region into a thriving forest. This he did alone and, by choice, without any help. A beautiful story of a modest man who did something truly remarkable, this is a tale to read again and again at any age.


Jean Giono (1895-1970) was a French novelist. Peter Bailey has illustrated more than 100 books by such writers as Allan Ahlberg, Eoin Colfer, and Alexander McCall Smith. His longtime collaboration with Philip Pullman in such books as Clockwork and The Scarecrow and His Servant is recognized as one of the great author-illustrator partnerships of recent years. A former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo is the author of more than 40 books, including War Horse.