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The Man Who Planted Trees. SIGNED by illustrator

Giono, Jean.

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ISBN 10: 0930031024 / ISBN 13: 9780930031022
Published by Chelsea Green Pub., Chelsea, VT, 1985
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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9618 shelf. NOT ex-library. Gold-stamped green cloth. McCurdy's 1992 presentation to "Karen" half-title pg. Clean text. Unblemished dust jacket. Afterword: Norma L. Goodrich. Laid in: 2 McCurdy Bellevue Press postcard which he's signed; also unsigned Gil's Book Loft book sale card w/ McCurdy image. Bookseller Inventory # 059134

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Title: The Man Who Planted Trees. SIGNED by ...

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub., Chelsea, VT

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Michael McCurdy art

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 4th ptg

About this title


The hero of the story, Elzeard Bouffier, spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a desolate, barren section of Provence, France. The result was a total transformation of the landscape -- from one devoid of life, with miserable, contentious inhabitants, to one filled with the scent of flowers, the songs of birds, and fresh, flowing water.

Chelsea Green is proud to once again collaborate with American Forests to present the Jean Giono Award to an individual who embodies the tree-planting spirit of Elzeard Bouffier. Past winners include Paul Rokich, who secretly planted trees under cover of night on the denuded hills of Utah's Oquirrh Mountains, land that had suffered from overgrazing, excessive logging, fires, and copper-mining activities.

We have joined the Paul Winter Consort in the release of a CD version of the acclaimed audio of this story. The original music was composed and is performed by the Paul Winter Consort, and the text is narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema, host of "Morning Pro Musica" on public radio station WGBH in Boston.

We are also offering packages of 12 beautiful note cards featuring six of Michael McCurdy's wood engravings from the book, with a message from the text on the back of each card.


The Man Who Planted Trees is not a detailed how-to guide to planting; it is a touching story of Elzéard Bouffier, who devoted his entire life to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France. He single-handedly planted 100 acorns each day before, through, and after two world wars, and transformed a sorrowful place into one full of life and joy. Jean Giono's words offer a tribute to how much good one person can accomplish in a lifetime and advise on how to live life with deep meaning. Illustrated with moving, beautiful wood engravings by Michael McCurdy, The Man Who Planted Trees is simply written but powerful and unforgettable. The text is also available on tape, eloquently narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema and accompanied by music from the Paul Winter Consort.

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