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In the Heart of the Village

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In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree
by Barbara Bash

In the center of a small village in India, a banyan tree rises from the earth like a great green mountain. Know as the Many Footed One, this remarkable tree has so many trunks it is a virtual forest, covering many acres. A place for laughing and bartering, conversing and resting, romping and chasing, meeting and imagining, the banyan is not only in the heart of the village, it is the heart of the village. In a brilliant combination of lyrical prose and glowing watercolors, acclaimed author-artist Barbara Bash captures the soul of the ancient and sacred banyan, painting a vivid picture of its importance to the people and other animals that flourish beneath and within its welcoming branches. Both beautiful and enlightening, In the Heart of the Village provides a unique glimpse of the interconnectedness of life in a rural culture.

"A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. . . . A harmonious story, written out in calligraphy and warmly, colorfully illustrated."--Kirkus Reviews, pointer reviews
"At once a work of inspired botanical lore and a portrait of the ageless rhythms of the subcontinent."--Smithsonian, Notable Book for Children
"The exotic banyan tree teems with life through the day and night, and captivated readers are drawn into the wonderland."--American Bookseller, Pick of the Lists
"Luminous." --Booklist

Book Type:
   read aloud / picture book

Interest Level:   2nd grade     3rd grade     4th grade


Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's the previous owner's name / inscription on the inside front cover.