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111 Trees

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In a small village in India, a boy grows up to make a huge difference in his community by planting trees to celebrate the birth of every girl. Based on a true story, this book celebrates environmental sustainability, community activism and ecofeminism.#This is the story of Sundar Paliwal, who is from a small Indian village ruled by ancient customs. As he grows to be a man, Sundar suffers much heartbreak and decides it is time for change to come to his village. Sundar is determined to live in a place where girls are valued as much as boys and where the land is not devastated by irresponsible mining. Sundar’s plan? To celebrate the birth of every girl with the planting of 111 trees. Though many villagers resist at first, Sundar slowly gains their support. And today, there are over a quarter of a million trees in his village, providing food, water and opportunities for women to earn a living. His efforts have turned a once barren and deforested landscape into a fertile and prosperous one where girls can thrive.#Based on true events in the life of Sundar Paliwal, and written in collaboration with him, Rina Singh’s uplifting story shows how one person can make a difference in a community. Beautiful illustrations by Marianne Ferrer sensitively bring the evolution of the village to life. With strong links to the science curriculum, this book offers lessons on environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship, as well as the concept of ecofeminism. It also explores ideas of social development, community and culture, and the character education traits of responsibility and cooperation. A thoroughly researched author’s note with photographs and more information about the village of Piplantri is included.

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In a small village in India, a boy grows up to make a huge difference in his community by planting trees to celebrate the birth of every girl. Based on a true story, this book celebrates environmental sustainability, community activism and ecofeminism.#This is the story of Sundar Paliwal, who is from a small Indian village ruled by ancient customs. As he grows to be a man, Sundar suffers much heartbreak and decides it is time for change to come to his village. Sundar is determined to live in a place where girls are valued as much as boys and where the land is not devastated by irresponsible mining. Sundar’s plan? To celebrate the birth of every girl with the planting of 111 trees. Though many villagers resist at first, Sundar slowly gains their support. And today, there are over a quarter of a million trees in his village, providing food, water and opportunities for women to earn a living. His efforts have turned a once barren and deforested landscape into a fertile and prosperous one where girls can thrive.#Based on true events in the life of Sundar Paliwal, and written in collaboration with him, Rina Singh’s uplifting story shows how one person can make a difference in a community. Beautiful illustrations by Marianne Ferrer sensitively bring the evolution of the village to life. With strong links to the science curriculum, this book offers lessons on environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship, as well as the concept of ecofeminism. It also explores ideas of social development, community and culture, and the character education traits of responsibility and cooperation. A thoroughly researched author’s note with photographs and more information about the village of Piplantri is included.

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AWARDS & REVIEWS

Reviews

"An inspiring picture book about eco-feminism in action ..."

Kirkus Reviews, 02/09/2020

"Girls are one with nature in … this inspiring true story ..."

New York Times, 28/09/2020

"... an interesting and inspiring true story ..."

CM Magazine, 30/10/2020

"... an homage to trees, girls, and a planet that is sure to return the favor when we care for it."

Booklist, starred review, 30/10/2020

"... inspiring ..."

Globe and Mail, 30/10/2020

"This engaging story serves as a compelling introduction to the concept of eco-feminism ..."

School Library Journal, 02/11/2020

"This is an amazing book with a strong message ..."

Owl Magazine, 10/12/2020

"... vibrant ..."

International Examiner, 07/01/2021

"Accompanied by Ferrer's stylized illustrations in muted earth tones, Singh's approachable text conveys how one person's passion and commitment can have tremendous impact on their community."

The Horn Book, 04/02/2021

Awards

  • 2022 - Yellow Cedar Award, Ontario Library Association, Nominee

  • 2021 - Best Children’s Books List, Bank Street College, Winner

  • 2021 - Green Earth Book Award, The Nature Generation, Long-listed

  • 2021 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, The Canadian Children`s Book Centre, Finalist

  • 2021 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner

  • 2021 - Social Justice Literature Awards — Nonfiction, International Literacy Association, Joint winner

  • 2021 - Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children`s Books, Sustainability Roundtable of the American Library Association, Winner

  • 2020 - Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, Booklist, Winner

  • 2020 - Picture Book Non-Fiction Category, Northern Lights Book Awards, Winner

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