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111 Trees

How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

by Rina Singh, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

tagged: girls & women, asia, environmental conservation & protection
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Description

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.

About the Authors

Rina Singh

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Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela and immigrated to Canada in 1998. After attending Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, for illustration and design, she completed her education in graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Marianne has illustrated many books including Toucania (Monsier Ed), Mel and Mo's Marvelous Balancing Act (Annick Press) and The Invisible Garden (Orca). Her style is characterized by its charm, delicacy and depth. Marianne lives in Montreal.

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Contributor Notes

Rina Singh was born in India and immigrated to Canada, where she received her MFA in creative writing from Concordia University and a teaching degree from McGill University. She is an internationally published author and has written many critically acclaimed books for children. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Awards
  • , Green Earth Book Award, The Nature Generation
  • Winner, Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, Booklist
  • Winner, Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, Booklist
Editorial Reviews

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

— Owl Magazine

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

— School Library Journal

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

— Kirkus Reviews

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

— CM Magazine

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

— Booklist, starred review

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


... inspiring ...

— Globe and Mail

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

— New York Times

... vibrant ...—International Examiner

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