|111 trees : how one village celebrates the birth of every girl (CitizenKid)|
Author: Singh, Rina
After the deaths of his mother, and later his daughter, Sundar Paliwal knows what he has to do. He is determined to live in a place where girls and boys are treated equally and where the surrounding countryside is not ravaged by irresponsible mining. Sundar manages to convince the people of his village to welcome every girl born with the planting of 111 trees. His efforts have turned a desert village into a green oasis that is safe and prosperous for girls.
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2020 K-Gr 2—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 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.