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On Thursday, May 12, from 5-7 p.m., award-winning Savannah author Henry Jelinek and local illustrator Cath Olivier will be at CorkHouse to celebrate the release of their new book “Pedro, Adventures of a Cork Harvester.”
Following the life of young Pedro, a boy from the Alentejo region of Portugal who grows up on his family’s cork farm, this vibrant picture book combines science, mystery, history and culture in this which Jelinek calls a thrilling tale, well suited to readers of all ages.
“I like to say it’s a children’s book for adults and an adult book for children, so all age groups can enjoy it. . . the adventures of Pedro,” Jelinek said. Through Pedro’s experiences, readers will learn about the importance of cork forests for the environment as well as the picturesque culture of the people of Alentejo.
“It’s a very traditional neighborhood. . . children are respected and elders are treated with dignity. . . and [they] really live by the environment. The things they raise, like crops or cattle and olive trees and wine. . . I wanted to show that there are still pockets in the world where this kind of warm and friendly culture still exists,” he explained.
Jelinek said he was motivated to tell this story largely because of his own experience as a cork harvester, having been in the business for over fifty years.
“Pedro is based on my own experiences in the cork forests, so I use a lot of what I experienced when I was learning the trade and brought those experiences to Pedro.”
Jelinek hopes to inspire an awareness and appreciation of the environment in readers through this book.
“They will learn how important cork forests and the products that come from them are for the world and the environment,” he explained. “[The book] tells you not only [about] bark, but how it’s used, who uses it, and in what industries it’s used, but it’s all done in a fun way,” he added.
“Tome, [environmentalism] means a lot. We must take care and take care of the land in which we all live. . . The book shows how the inhabitants of the region live in a synchronized environment between their daily life and the forest and the region. I hope when someone reads this they learn a little bit more about being friendlier to the world they live in both from an environmental point of view but also from a human point of view, that’s ie between people. And I think the book conveys that,” he explained.
Pedro, Adventures of a Cork Harvester is currently available for purchase at corkhouse.com and also at the CorkHouse store, located at 230 W Bay St.
Jelinek says soon it will also be available on bigger retail sites like amazon.com
When the book is released, guests can expect live readings with excerpts from the book, eco-friendly games, giveaways and delicious snacks.
Guests can also receive their own signed copy of the book. And CorkHouse will donate $5 for every book sold during the event to the Savannah Tree Foundation.
According to their website, Jelinek Cork Group (JCG) is over 150 years old. Today it is one of the oldest still active cork companies in the world. It remains a fifth-generation, privately owned, family-owned company headquartered in Canada with warehousing subsidiaries, offices and/or production facilities in various countries around the world. JCG ships cork products to over thirty different countries each year.
The CorkHouse store on Bay St. is one of three sustainable lifestyle stores in North America and features sustainable cork products.
For more information or to order the book, visit corkhouse.com