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Tistou: The Boy with Green Thumbs (Children's Classics) Hardcover – September 1, 2012

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About the Author

Maurice Druon (1918–2009) was awarded the Prix Goncourt at thirty and entered the Académie française in 1966. He served as Culture Minister from 1972 to 1974 and helped translate Anna Marly's Chant des Partisans, the anthem of the World War II French Resistance. As a French novelist, his best-known works are Le Roi de fer (The Iron King); La Reine étranglée (The Strangled Queen); and Quand un Roi perd la France (When a King Loses France). Tistou (1957) stands as the unexpected flower he cultivated just for children.

Ashley Ramsden is founding director of the School of Storytelling, the longest established center of its kind in the UK. He has toured with his remarkable storytelling programs on five continents and has appeared at major storytelling festivals in the UK, South Africa, Scandinavia and, North America. He is as much at home telling in the Sydney Opera House or alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as he is in a family living room. Ashley’s unique methods of teaching voice and the skills of the storyteller have received international acclaim. After living for two years in the U.S., in 1988 he returned to England, where at Emerson College he soon began to host an annual International Storytelling Symposium with storyteller/author Nancy Mellon.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Series: Children's Classics
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907359087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907359088
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tistou of the Green Thumbs was this book and I will be sixty-two next week. Briefly, Tistou was born into an extremely wealthy family, whose fortune is derived from the sale of military firearms. This makes no sense to him until the gardner, a wonderful man with a fabulous moustacche, whose name was Mr. Moustacche, explains to Tistou how it all works to the point where countries are battling other countries and Tistou's father is supplying both sides with weapons.

Mr, Moustacche knows a secret about Tistou and it is that Tistou has the ability to germinate flowers anywhere and everywhere. So Tistou uses his newly discovered skill to plant flowers throughout his father's factory. which ruined all the weapons.

The story ends with Tistou arising in the night and being impelled to leave his family.

The following morning, Mr. Moustacche reveals Tistou's secret: Tistou was an angel.
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Not a lot of pacifist tales for children that involve botanical magic.
I prefer the original edition to this version, but am just glad to see it back in print
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