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Ooh I have a copy of this - somewhere! Must go and search it out as it sounds inspiring as is your post!


It's a really lovely and thoughtful story. He seems such an amazing writer considering what he went through in his life. It is quite short and you'll easily be able to read it in one sitting. I hope your copy has the beautiful engravings, too.


Isn't this a wonderful hope-filled book? I lightens my heart every time I read it.


A wonderful review of a heartwarming book Danielle:)


There is an animated film based on the book, worth looking for -- the images are gorgeous and the narration is note-perfect, or at least I thought so!


I found it! Surprisingly easily actually - it was just sitting there in the middle of a pile in the first set of shelves I looked at!
It does have beautiful woodcut illustrations but interestingly the ones in my copy are by Harry Brockway and the afterword is by Giono's daughter Aline.
It is a gorgeous little book - another lucky find from a charity shop and in such perfect condition that I am pretty sure it has never been read.
As our weather has taken a turn for the wintery (finally!) I am hoping to have a chance to curl up with the cats tomorrow and read it!


Isn't it nice when a book ends up being just where you expected it to be! Not that that happens very often to me. I read that Giono wanted the book to be easily available to anyone and everyone so he left the copyright open--anyone can translate or publish it. I think he must have just wanted to get the message out there and I think there must be multiple editions out there. I will have to see if I can good your illustrator and see what those woodcuts are like. It's such a short book that the illustrations really do make it especially nice. We actually had a really mild day today and it was Most welcome! I went out for a walk with my heavy coat and a hat in hand ready to put it on and discovered that it was not at all necessary and even was able to peel off gloves. But those cold dark days do make staying inside with the blinds drawn hugely inviting. I don't even like going out into it and have to drag myself out of bed! You will easily be able to read it in one sitting. I hope you (and the cats!) get your quiet reading time.


I remember when you read it and wrote about it. It is a very lovely story and so nice to start the new year out with.


An excellent choice Cath-thanks so much! I plan on propping it on the bookcase next to my bed. Maybe I will reread it as my last book of the year next December!


Hi Theresa--many thanks for the heads up. I will see if I can find a copy--perhaps I can ILL it from my library. By the way--I have your book Mnemonic on my shelves--a Canadian friend told me about it--I will have to pull it from my shelves since this might be my year of reading about trees! Have just googled it--and the film can be watched online--many thanks! :)


Oh, Dannielle, I know this book! I have this book and have read it, a few times, always at Christmastime. Where-oh-where have I put it? My own copy is of the woodcuts you mention. My gratitude to you for this wonderful post and for reminding me of "The Man Who Planted Trees".


It is definitely a story to revisit! I had read his WWI novel which was stunning but a difficult read. This was beautiful all around. Those woodcuts just make the story! Am always happy to remind you of a good read! :)

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