El Alerce, gigante milenario

De Alicia hoffmann
Illustrated by Rachel Echenique

This book describes the history of the larches and their relationship with humans in southern Chile. We chose as a witness to this story a larch that was born about 2.500 years ago in a forest near the coast, a tree that has survived major transformations in that region.

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Recommended for 8 to 12 years
Binding: Softcover
Size: 21,5 x 28 cm
Pages: 48
Vintage: 2011
ISBN: 978-956-8209-73-5


El alerce (2010), with text by Alicia Hoffmann and illustrations by Raquel Echeñique, shows this native tree that lives in the area between Valdivia and the island of Chiloé. The millennial larch has witnessed historical events that occurred in its territory at the same time as climatic disasters, earthquakes and floods, but there it is still haughty looking at the horizon and what happens in the cities and towns where human beings live. It is a very careful book in its edition. Due to its high aesthetic and informative value, this book was awarded the 2012 Colibrí Medal Award.

Manuel Peña, literary critic, 2020.


Alicia hoffmann He studied medicine, but devoted himself to botanical research at the University of Chile. After retiring, he led science workshops in vulnerable schools. Since then, he has written children's books, Birds of Chile, 2000; Plants that we eat, 2003; Ecology, knowing everyone's house, 2008; Darwin in South America, a great naturalist is born, 2009.

Rachel Echenique is an illustrator and designer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has illustrated more than twenty books in various publishing houses such as Amanuta, Lom and Ekaré Sur. He has received important recognitions, such as being a member of the IBBY 2006 Honor List for La Niña de la Calavera -written by Marcela Recabarren- and the 2012 Colibrí Medal in the informative book category for El Alerce, a thousand-year-old giant.