The man who planted trees (L’homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, is an allegorical tale that gave reputation to the Italian-French writer Jean Giono, an effective parable on the relationship between man and nature, that reminds us how “men could be just as effective as God in other fields besides destruction”.
They certainly could, but they rarely do, perhaps because destroying is much easier than creating: practically everyone can destroy a tree but a few have the heart, dedication and intelligence needed to safeguard them and help them grow.
In constructing the character of Elzéard Bouffier, the author wanted to express that sincere desire, which is the way in which man and nature coexist in harmony, in the deep love that has existed for centuries. To destroy that love is destroying all.
The content of The Man Who Planted Trees was adapted into a film (1987) and won the golden Palme for short film at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for best animated short film in 1988.
With 52 pages of stories illustrated in vivid and eye-catching colors, in an elegant hardcover form, it will be a very meaningful and cute little gift for readers who love trees, love forests and love small things, kindness…