Aani and the Tree Huggers Hardcover – 14 Apr 1996
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About the Author
Jeannine Atkins is the author of several books for young readers about courageous women, including" Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science" and the highly praised "Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters". Jeannine teaches children s literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and writing at Simmons College. She lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at JeannineAtkins.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The incident described, although fictional, is very reminiscent of an actual event that took place in the State of Rajasthan. The Maharaja needed wood for a building project, and sent his men to cut in a forest near a village. The people, who venerated their trees as the suppliers of many things necessary for their lives, literally hugged the trees. Several hundred villagers were killed before the Maharaja's men stopped. The trees, or their descendants, still stand as a testimony to the interdependence of the people and their environment. The villagersare also well-known for providing a refuge for both a kind of antelope and for birds, and for their reluctance to kill anything. Note: the paper and binding are excellent quality. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that the tale should have taken place in the desert, where trees are both more valued and more endangered.