Read a Book and Enjoy a Bar!
The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree by Birgitte Rasine is one of our favorite books about chocolate and we are thrilled to share it with you, along with your choice of a chocolate bar, tucked away in a miniature burlap sack!
Firefly Chocolate founder, Jonas, and Birgitte collaborate on kids educations events around the SF Bay Area, teaching kids important chocolate skills ranging from how to read the ingredients label on chocolate bars in stores to how to make a traditional stone ground chocolate paste sweetened with honey.
If you liked “The Golden Compass” and “The Chronicles of Narnia,” be prepared to fall in love with mythic fantasy all over again. “The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree” pulls you into a mesmerizing world that blurs the lines between science, mythology,and the hidden magic of nature most adults find all but impossible. One of the world’s authorities on chocolate, the C-Spot, calls the book “a strong contender for the best title in the last 5 years.”
Max Hammond has a life other science-obsessed boys his age only dream of: he travels the world with his bee researcher dad and science writer mom. When the Hammond family arrives in Guatemala to study the enigmatic stingless bees of the Maya, Max meets Itzel, a young Maya girl who introduces him to the magic and wonders of rainforest gardens and animal spirit guides. It’s a world that transforms the meaning of all the science Max has ever learned—but its magic is not always benevolent.
One night, Itzel takes Max to an ancient cacao tree tended in secret deep in the jungle by an elite group of Elders. Neither Max nor Itzel are prepared for the forces they unleash when they open the pods of the sacred tree, forces that turn everything they know about the history of cacao upside down, threaten the past and future of the world’s most desirable food, and, worse still, awaken two mythic beasts guarding the very DNA of cacao.
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Title: The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree (Book One of “Max and the Code of Harvests”)