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Jeannine Atkins

Aani and the Tree Huggers


Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Notable Children's Book, Smithsonian

A village girl in India inspires the women around her to save their beloved forest.

One day Aani is resting against her favorite tree when she hears the unfamiliar roar of trucks. She alerts the village women, the eldest of whom says the sounds are made by men from the city who have come to cut down the trees. The women explain to the cutters that their trees provide the villagers with food and fuel; are home to animals; and prevent erosion. But the men are heedless. As the cutters move closer, Aani acts with quiet, instinctive heroism to save not only her special tree, but also the village's beloved forest.

Based on a true event in northern India, Aani and the Tree Huggers presents an enduring message of environmental action. In their picture book debuts, author Jeannine Atkins and artist Venantius J. Pinto introduce a memorable heroine whose love of the earth is sure to be an inspiration to children everywhere.


About the Author
Jeannine Atkins is the author of Get Set! Swim!, which was named a Choices selection by the Cooperative Children's Book Center. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their daughter. Visit her online at