The Esteru and the Magic Acorns is a Christmas story for children based on the oral tradition of Cantabria and Asturias intended, first , to aid and help strengthen the local culture versus the global version of Christmas and second, to give a different message of our relationship with nature and society.
The tale tells the story of two children in a small village who claim to know why the acorns they collect in the forest every autumn to give to the Esteru become magical in winter.
The Esteru is a Christmas character (or perhaps associated with the winter solstice) in Asturian and Cantabrian mythology, only remembered by a small number of people. The Esteru is a lumberjack as handy with tools as gracious in character, that goes down from the mountains to the villages at Christmas to give children wooden toys that he has carved with his hands and tell them stories about Anjanas, Trentis and other forest creatures. It seems to be related to the Olentzero, the Uncle or the Apalpador.
The project's objective is to get an edition of 500 copies of the children's story "The Esteru and the Magic Acorns." The publication would be 21x21 cm, full-color hardcover, with about 24 pages and about 12 double-page illustrations.
It would be presented from December 26, 2012 to January 6, 2013. Deliveries would be from January 1, 2013.
Mark Manjón works as a professional graphic designer and illustrator trained in the Art School in Oviedo. He is a fan of permacultures design and of the art of recycling as well as an incessant searcher in other arts such as painting, sculpture, photography and architecture.
Sergio Tejón has been linked to environmental awareness and education projects for more than 10 years. During his career he has worked in various publications and environmental education projects in the fields of organic agriculture, conservation of habitats and species.