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

Written by Rina Singh, Illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

What is a girl’s life worth to you? I love the message of this book, because in the history of India, some families welcomed a baby girl with sadness and worry if they welcomed her at all. So, after his daughter died, Sundar plants trees to remember her. Then as the village head, he proposed that every time a girl is born in Piplantri, 111 trees should be planted to celebrate her birth. Now, Sundar’s village is a fertile land and girls are a blessing to the village.

This is a true story written and illustrated to help show how there is hope to solve other problems this way, with love and inclusion. There aren’t a lot of books like this in our library. This is a window book into the way to change prejudices about marginalized groups. I plan on reading this to students in our school. I think it will start some discussions that can be lifechanging.

Reviewed by Merri Rygg, Media Clerk, Harry S. Truman Elementary
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-5

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl
Written by Rina Singh, Illustrated by Marianne Ferrer
Kids Can Press
36 pages
Release Date: October 6, 2020
ISBN: 9781525301209
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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