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111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl



by
Rina Singh
illustrated by
Marianne Ferrer

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Corus Entertainment
Imprint
Kids Can Press
ISBN
9781525301209
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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.Further information, with full-color photographs. Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache and graphite.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

36

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

305.42

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

950L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Gender discrimination against women. Women’s rights. Equality. Feminism. Sundar Paliwal. Piplantri, India. Villages. Trees. Community. Environment. Girls and women. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Every time a girl is born in the village of Piplantri, in India’s northern province of Rajasthan, they plant 111 trees. The initiative was started in 2006 by the village head, Shyam Sundar Paliwal. Singh’s story, written in conjunction with Paliwal, describes his life in the ­village—of walking with his mother to fetch water and growing up to work in a marble mine that was harming the land. After his young daughter died, Paliwal planted trees in her honor and got the idea to plant trees for all the daughters born in the village to honor them and help the land. Back matter ­explains more about gender inequality, Paliwal’s life, and the initiative, which also includes setting aside money for the girls to use when they turn 18. Ferrer’s watercolor, gouache, and graphite illustrations show women and girls wearing brightly colored clothing (many also have headscarves) on a barren landscape that fills with green as the trees grow. VERDICT This engaging story serves as a compelling introduction to the concept of eco-feminism and will be great in classrooms for sparking larger ­conversations.–­Jennifer ­Rothschild, Arlington County Public ­Libraries, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Every time a girl is born in the village of Piplantri, in India’s northern province of Rajasthan, they plant 111 trees. The initiative was started in 2006 by the village head, Shyam Sundar Paliwal. Singh’s story, written in conjunction with Paliwal, describes his life in the ­village—of walking with his mother to fetch water and growing up to work in a marble mine that was harming the land. After his young daughter died, Paliwal planted trees in her honor and got the idea to plant trees for all the daughters born in the village to honor them and help the land. Back matter ­explains more about gender inequality, Paliwal’s life, and the initiative, which also includes setting aside money for the girls to use when they turn 18. Ferrer’s watercolor, gouache, and graphite illustrations show women and girls wearing brightly colored clothing (many also have headscarves) on a barren landscape that fills with green as the trees grow. VERDICT This engaging story serves as a compelling introduction to the concept of eco-feminism and will be great in classrooms for sparking larger ­conversations.–­Jennifer ­Rothschild, Arlington County Public ­Libraries, VA

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