The Boy Who Could Not Wait is a children’s book promoted by the concept store Green Around The Corner located in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Min. The book was designed and entirely produced by the independent communications company Ki as a means of teaching children “the joy of patience and the beauty of growth“.
The work was designed to make children interact with it and is made of 100% recycled paper to keep in line with the eco-friendly ethics of the concept store. The peculiarity of this project is the presence of a special section – towards the end of the volume – in which there are seeds between the pages that if carefully watered allow the growth of a small garden.
Inside it told a story of a boy in which he learns, step by step, patience in waiting for the course of nature, the concept of perseverance and not to be in a hurry. The boy, page after page, goes further and further in his journey, where he is guided to put everything he has collected in a bucket until he gets to water one of the final pages. Over time, the book will sprout real plants, allowing children to enjoy their own miniature garden. There are also illustrations of the plants on each sheet.
In addition to recycled paper, The Boy Who Could Not Wait‘s pages are partially screen-printed – it’s a digital printing technique in which inking is performed through the weave of the fabric – and hand-stitched for better quality and sensitivity. It has a price of 650 VND or about less than 50 cents and you can buy it during the Christmas period by ordering it online by contacting the mail of the store email@example.com.
Text by Anna Cardaci