When we read a book, we learn history, science, philosophy, literature. We enjoy, laugh, think. We come to know endless ideas and stories! But books are printed on paper and paper is made by processing the wood of trees…
By now we know that everything we do—whether planting a tree or cutting it down to make paper—affects our home, the home of plants, humans and animals. This knowledge must never again leave our heads.
This is why we at Pequeño Editor have invented the Book Tree Project to share with everyone our love for trees and books.
We printed copies of the story My Dad Was in the Jungle in a special way: the covers were made of handmade paper that had seeds of the jacaranda tree embedded in it. So each book could be read and planted. We gave copies away to schools, libraries and community centers. We donated books in Argentina. In Ruanda, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Portugal, we found people who joined the project, and we sent them copies, too.
This illustrated book is told in the voice of a child, full of innocence and humor. It tells the story of a real trip to the rain forest in Ecuador, inviting children to deepen their respect for life in the rain forest. In this book, the multiple award-winning illustrator Gusti, who is Argentinean but resides in Spain, narrates his own experience in the Amazon rain forest. Gusti's trip along with biologist Ruth Muñiz was undertaken with the goal of studying the habitat of the harpy eagle, a species endangered by the deforestation of the jungle. The book was illustrated by Anne Decis and was published as a conventional book by Pequeño editor in 2008.
Several educational institutions (foundations, schools and libraries) were contacted and asked to present formal projects, which were to include reading and planting the book as activities, and children as key participants. Each institution presented a project, and the projects, in turn, were evaluated by the editors. The most complete and interesting applications were selected. The chosen institutions received a copy of the Tree Book to implement their project.