A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. The banyan tree in the center of the village is known as the ""many-footed one"" because its aerial roots form pillars when they touch the ground and take hold. The tree expands to form a virtual forest, and under its canopy, life thrives. The banyan is a place for egrets to nest, villagers to barter, owlets to sleep, children to play, monkeys to chase each other, bats to feed, elders to meet. In this entry in the Tree Tales series, readers come to appreciate the value of the banyan, and to gain a glimpse of the interconnectedness of all living creatures. Bash (Ancient Ones, 1994, etc.) has created a harmonious story, written out in calligraphy and warmly, colorfully illustrated with authentic scenes that firmly root this tree's importance in the facts.