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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
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Feb 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2008

This is a wonderful little parable about the great difference a single insightful individual can make by making a consistent, determined effort. Elzeard Bouffier, the books protagonist, lives in the French Alps where the people and land have been blighted for lack of trees--something which he recognizes while those around him do not. He resolves to plant 100 acorns each day and after many years the trees he has planted transform the land into one of shade, water and happiness. Of course there is an environmentalist theme here too, highlighting our duty as stewards of the Earth.

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