In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree (Tree Tales)

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Lyrical prose and vivid watercolor paintings capture the world of the ancient banyan tree at the center of a small Indian village and the people and wildlife that flourish beneath and within its branches.

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In the ancient times, Nirantali, the first mother of the earth, was sent by the gods to create the world. She carried with her tiny banyan seeds wrapped in leaves.

First she made the sun, the moon, and the earth; then she created human beings. But the sun beat down on the people, and they felt hot all the time because they had no shade. So Nirantali gave them the banyan seeds to plant.

The seed gre into small trees with tiny leaves that provided no shade at all. So Nirantali took the leaves and began to pull. She tugged and tugged until the leaves were large. Then she stretched the banyan branches until they reached all the way down to the ground.

Soon people came from all around to sit together in the shade of the tree. This is how the banyan came to grow in the heart of the village.

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