IN the hot sandy country where Hassan lives, the Arabs obtain most of their food from the palm trees. These trees have no branches. They grow erect, with many green, feathery leaves at the top.
The Arab could not live without the date palm. It will grow in sandy soil, and drink water that would kill other trees.
The trunk of the date palm is very hard to climb. The Arab climbs it by tying a rope round his back and under his arms. He puts the rope into one of the notches left by a fallen leaf, and taking hold of the trunk with his hands and knees, raises himself a little at a time;