Banyan Benevolence: In the Heart of the Village

Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

In The Heart of the VillageAuthor: Barbara Bash
Illustrator: Barbara Bash
Published: 2002 Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1578050804

Welcoming illustrations and stirring text exalt the gifts of an Indian banyan tree while gently tossing us on waves of darkness, golds, laughter, peace and chatter.

You can read more about banyan trees here.


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Comment by RaeAnne Thompson

December 4, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

Wow! I would love to share this book with the students I work with. It would be great to show pictures of Banyan trees in Angkor Wat in Southeast Asia and how their roots grow up into the air. A Banyan tree is so powerful, with its size and beauty. There is something awe inspiring about a Banyan tree that would get students interested about the topic. Hindu traders that use to rest or conduct business under the tree provides a great historical context. Great find!

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April 22, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

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Comment by Barbara Bash

October 22, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

Thanks for this lively review – which I finally was able to listen to now – over a year later! I only want to add that “In the Heart of the Village” is all true – it is a depiction of life in India under a banyan treee that is happening right now.
In the midst of all the development and modernization there is a stream of deep and ancient life that goes on and on and on. . .

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