Gloria's Hope Tree
written by Stephanie Parwulski
illustrated by Tania Ramírez Cuevas
Hope the maple tree is often overlooked by shoppers at the garden nursery because of her small size, crooked branches, and few leaves. Then, one spring day, Gloria and Daddy choose Hope, bring her home, and plant her by the roadside. Despite Hope's joy in her new home, Gloria and Daddy sometimes seem so sad. Why did they choose Hope, and how will she fit into their little family? Join Hope, Gloria, and Daddy to find hope in unlikely places.
“A lonely maple tree and a grieving father and daughter come together to discover time, nature, compassion, and love can heal. Stephanie Parwulski’s Gloria’s Hope Tree is an excellent primer for young children learning to define emotions and to relate to how others may be feeling.”
- KarenMarie Kauderer, BSW
“Just as she did with Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift, Stephanie has eloquently spread the much- needed message of love through the universal language of kindness with Gloria’s Hope Tree. She has mastered the art of capturing, understanding, and translating the essence of the human condition from adult concepts into simple children’s literature, expressing the infinite power of nature to comfort. The result is pure magnificence. Readers will laugh and shed tears of joy with this heartwarming tale. Storytime’s end is sure to result in a shared hug.”
- Mary Clista Dahl, founder of Capture Life Writing and author of Reconciliation of the Heart
“Stephanie does it again with her inspiring upcoming children’s book, Gloria’s Hope Tree. In this beautiful and timeless tale, we learn a story of love, strength, and hope for a better tomorrow. Gloria and her father, both grieving the painful loss of their mother and wife, encounter a courageous young tree, and through the power of love and hope, they all find a way to blossom together beautifully. Any young reader searching for answers in the pain of despair will find hope for a better tomorrow with the help of Gloria. A wonderful story that will surely touch the heart.”
- Will Mason, author of The Boy with the Rainbow Heart children’s book series, Keep
Walking, The Backyard, and Duffy, the Famous Wing
“Stephanie Parwulski shines again in her second book with an authentic and heartwarming story of eternal love, beauty, and acceptance. Gloria's Hope Tree intertwines delicate topics such as grief, belonging, and compassion in a gentle approach. Truly inspiring!”
- Tara Schafer, Executive Director of Literacy NY Buffalo-Niagara
"Gloria's Hope Tree is a touching story about how one family, during a season of sadness, finds hope in planting and growing a young sapling maple tree. This book teaches children that all their feelings are valid and important during the journey of grieving. In writing this book, author Stephanie Parwulski has given a beautiful gift to the world by encouraging young readers to plant and grow trees. This book shows the reader how powerful and beneficial nurturing new life can be for both the plant and the gardener."
- Liz Ballard Hamm & Andrew Ballard, authors of The Great Big Ark in the Sky