A children’s book I wrote for and about the mission of the reforestation and community project Pro Eco Azuero, in Panama. Illustrated by Loes Roos, produced by Rosamond Pope Meyer and designed by Lorena Carrasco.
The book tells the story of a girl who encounters a baby monkey and their family, and the difficulties they face when forest connectivity is broken. In Panama and in this particular region, cattle farming is characteristic of the culture. But this young girl and her cousin are moved to help the monkeys to move more freely in their environment. They learn that in order to do that, they have to grow a street of trees – a biological corridor. They start in the fourth grade and by the time they graduate from university, the forest has grown and spread, as well as a culture of care and regeneration. This timeline is a graspable period of our lives which, I hope, will convey to my readers that we can make a difference in the world and see the effects of right relationship in our lifetime.
This is also the first collaboration under Estudio Nuboso’s 2030 Vision to support existing initiatives in conservation and regeneration of tropical ecosystems in Panama.