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

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

Written by Rina Singh & illustrated by Marianne Ferrer
5 - 8
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Oct 6, 2020
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Inspiring and gorgeous, this tale of balance restored (by respecting the role of women and the environment) is utterly compelling.

Sundar is raised in a village who celebrates the birth of boys with the banging of pots and pans and the sharing of sweets, but meets the birth of girls with silent disappointment. Seeing the land around the village ravaged by marble mining, Sundar decides to act for change and runs to become (and is chosen to be) his village leader. After the death of his oldest daughter (paralleling his loss of his mother as a boy), Sundar’s grief finds solace in planting trees in her memory and is inspired to honor all girls by planting 111 trees whenever a girl is born, and ensuring they have an education rather than becoming child brides. While Sundar initially experiences resistance, “slowly, very slowly, the villagers begin to understand that by welcoming girls and planting trees, they might bring balance back to nature.” A true story, the message of this book is poignant and one of overwhelming hope for the change a single individual can inspire. By breaking the cycle and investing in the future of both women and the environment, the village of Piplantri flourishes and enters a cycle of sustainable joy. The illustrations—created with a stunning color palette—have a cultural flavor that feels fresh and modern and engage the reader with their art and emotion.

What Kind of Book is 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl


Indiaequalitycoping with deaththe environmentculturegirls and womenscience and natureplaces and regionstreesvillagessex and genderactivismEarth Day

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Book Details

Publication Date
October 6, 2020
Kids Can Press
Text Details
The text is set in Colby.
Illustration Details
The artwork in this book was rendered in watercolor, gouache and graphite.
Page Count
Reading Age
5 - 8 years
Lexile® Level
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
Est. ATOS® Book Level

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