The People Who Hugged the Trees: An Environmental Folk Tale

by Deborah L. Rose

Hardcover, 2001



Local notes

398.2 Ros (c.2)


3883, 3884



Roberts Rinehart (2001), Edition: First, Hardcover, 35 pages


An environmental fable based on a classic folk tale from India. Retelling the 300-year old story of the first Chipko - the Hug-the-Tree people - the author follows the fortunes of a young girl, Amrita Devi, who grows up to lead her village in saving the nearby forest from the Maharajah's axe-men. Today, the Chipko Movement supports non-violent resistance to tree-cutting. It should be of interest to children aged three upwards.


Physical description

35 p.; 7 x 0.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member kwiggi3
Since this was an India folk tale it was rather lengthy and not terribly interesting. It gave a good message that people today even still uphold, to love and care for the environment. I like how the story showed all the good that the trees did for the people in the village and how the woman passed
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down her love for the trees to her children. It showed a good message also that when she stood up to the ax men other people saw this passion and helped her as well. I like in the authors note it puts how those people in the village died trying to protect the trees but did not put that in the actual story to keep it light for children. The main message of this book was to stand up for the environment and do your part to help even when it is difficult.
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