The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono is a hopeful book about the power of one person’s simple and focused actions. The main character is a shepherd named Elzeard Bouffier. He changes a barren landscape into a lush environment by planting 100 acorns a day among other tress and plants over the course of his later life. It’s a magical story with beautiful wood engravings by Michael McCurdy.
The story was originally published in Vogue (1954) titled “The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness.”
If you could grow any tree in your backyard or balcony what would it be?