Children's Book Transforms Into A Tree When Planted


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Tree Book Tree can be replanted into a tree (Credit: Pequeno Editor)

While e-books are on the rise, most people, especially young kids, still prefer printed versions that they can pore over for hours on end. Though that is an excellent habit, it also means cutting down precious trees. But what if the book could revert to its roots and transform back into a tree? Now thanks to a Brazilian children's book publisher, that is possible, at least for one book!

The "Tree Book Tree" program is the brainchild of Argentina's Pequeno Editor and FCB Buenos Aires. Their first creation Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (My Father Was In the Jungle), has been around in regular format for many years. In the book, a young boy takes the readers on an exciting journey of his father's adventures inside an Ecuadorian jungle.

The book is made from acid-free paper and printed with non-toxic ink (Credit: Pequeno Editor)

The book that is made from acid-free paper, printed with non-toxic ink and hand-stitched and bound, is completely recyclable. Jacaranda seeds are carefully sewn into the pages to help it transform into a tree.

Raquel Franco, the editorial director of Pequeno Editor, says they picked the book because "It has an endearing message regarding the respect we owe to all living beings. But we were wondering how to take this message even deeper. We wanted to develop a powerful communication action with a metaphorical weight.

Kids can plant the books once they are done reading it (Credit: Pequeno Editor)

After a kid is done reading the book (over and over again), he/she waters the cover and place it in a sunny area inside the house. Once the seeds sprout, the book can be planted in the dirt in any location the owner decides. From then on the book just has to be nurtured like any other plant. Franco says they picked the Jacaranda because "It's a tree that provides excellent shade and offers a lot of oxygen to the environment."

The only unfortunate part is that the publishers are not planning to transform their other titles or even make more copies of this "tree book" anytime soon. This non-commercial project was just a one-time project to make everyone aware of the resources used when producing something even as common as a book.


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  • sky_dragon
    sky_dragonover 2 years
    That's awesome!
    • wolfy_blue
      wolfy_blueover 2 years
      ooo cool
      • renegade5
        renegade5over 2 years
        Wow so cool
        • djfortnte
          djfortntealmost 4 years
          Wow that's really cool!
          • littleestella
            littleestellaalmost 4 years
            So cool.I wish I could have a copy!!! :)
            • dolphinlover13
              dolphinlover13about 4 years
              Wow, AMAZING!!!! I want a copy.
              • bookstory14
                bookstory14over 4 years
                0-0 THAT IS SO COOL!!!!! But what if the tree becomes an invasive species?
                • wolfdog
                  wolfdogover 4 years
                  I find it sad how a potentially good product is not put into works.
                  • officialmakayla
                    officialmakaylaover 4 years
                    @Huskerbeast2008 i think so but not sure.. they might soon if they don't! @ajg15 i know right this is crazy cool i bet they will do thi with most books in 2030 @joetown haha very funny bbut its kinda true maybe even cars will be like this @Everyone who else thinks this is super cool and they should do this in schools?
                    • animereina2021
                      animereina2021over 2 years
                      I think that they should do this in schools! Only because it is helpful to the environment, and can with our future!
                    • Huskerbeast2008over 4 years
                      THIS IS SO COOL (do they make the book in English)