The Man Who Planted Trees

Jean Gionos extraordinary fable brings to life a shepherd who plants one hundred acorns a day for thirty years. The shepherds tireless efforts transform the countryside, revitalize his community, and teach us about hope, humanity, and our own ability to create change in the world

Jean Giono (1895-1970), the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France’s greatest writers. He was a pacifist, and he was imprisoned in France for his beliefs during the Second World War. He wrote over thirty novels, scores of short stories, plays, poetry, essays, and filmscripts. Giono won the Prix de Monaco (for the most outstanding collected work by a French writer) among other awards.

Michael McCurdy is one of America’s finest wood engravers. He has illustrated nearly 200 books for trade publications and special fine-press editions.

Wangari Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in restoring the environment and promoting economic well-being by planting of millions of trees in East Africa through her Green Belt Movement.

Norma L. Goodrich is Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature at the Claremont Colleges and author of Giono: Master of Fictional Modes.

Andy Lipkis is the founder and president of TreePeople.