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Julie of the Wolves [93 KB]
Jean Craighead George
Alone and lost--on the North Slope of Alaska, Miyax rebels against a home situation she finds intolerable. She wants to run away toward San Francisco, toward her pen pal, who calls her Julie. But soon Miyax is lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she comes to love them as if they were her brothers. With their help, and drawing on her father's training, she struggles day by day to survive. In the process, she is forced to rethink her past, and to define for herself the traditional riches of Eskimo life: intelligence, fearlessness, and love. Miyax is also endowed with skills that a budding scientist would love to possess -- keen observation, reflection, resourcefulness and perseverance. These skills help her survive.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

The Man Who Planted Trees [13KB]
Jean Giono
The author recounts how single minded perseverance of one individual changed the face of earth in a region close to the Alps. This transformation took slightly over thirty years and the person responsible for it was a lonely shepherd, Elzeard Bouffier, who knew what power trees have in modifying the local environment. His single handed effort in planting and caring for trees in a barren region resulted in a plush forest which recharged ground water and consequently supported the civilization that sprung up there. In the author’s words “When I reflect that one man, armed only with his own physical and moral resources, was able to cause this land of Canaan to spring from the wasteland, I am convinced that in spite of everything, humanity is admirable. But when I compute the unfailing greatness of spirit and the tenacity of benevolence that it must have taken to achieve this result, I am taken with an immense respect for that old and unlearned peasant who was able to complete a work worthy of God.”
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Indian Fairy Tales (with illustrations) [1.17MB]
Joseph Jacobs
Here are stories from the Jatakas, from the Bidpai, and others which the author has selected and edited. The stories are illustrated by John D. Batten
Source: http://www.sacred-texts.com

Indian Fairy Tales (without illustrations) [162KB]
Joseph Jacobs
Here are stories from the Jatakas, from the Bidpai, and others which the author has selected and edited.
Source: http://www.sacred-texts.com

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