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June 10, 2015

This book can return to its roots, literally.

The book is Mi Papa Estuvo en la Selva (My Father Was in the Jungle), a Spanish-language book by Argentinian author Gusti and illustrated by Anne Decis. The book is narrated by young Theo, who tells the story his father’s adventures in an Ecuadorian jungle. The story, illustrating the dangers of modernity to natural resources, is based on real-life experiences of the author.

The updated version of the book has Jacaranda seeds sown inside. Readers who have finished the book are encouraged to pour water on it and then leave it in a sunny area, so the seeds can sprout. The final step is to plant the sprouting seeds-in-a-book outside, in good soil, so a new tree can grow.

The book was printed with non-toxic ink, on acid-free paper.

The publishers, Pequeno Editor and FCB Buenos Aires, published the book as part of a program called “Tree Book Tree.”

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