Hope for the Flowers

Hope for the Flowers

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by Trina Paulus
     
 

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Hope's theme of life, moving through seeming death to a new and more beautiful life, has touched the hearts of millions of people. More than two million copies in print.

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Hope's theme of life, moving through seeming death to a new and more beautiful life, has touched the hearts of millions of people. More than two million copies in print.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up--The ageless, timeless story of caterpillars, Strip and Yellow, unfolds as the author, Trina Paulus, reads it with as much enthusiasm as she had when it was originally published 25 years ago. It is a very simple story of life, death, goals, alternatives, anxiety, hope, and becoming which can be used by students on many levels, with each person gleaning an appropriate moral. Paulus' speech is gentle, and her belief in the story is shown in her very expressive voice. She enunciates very clearly, has good pacing, and changes tone and speech for the different characters. Short, pleasant musical interludes provide appropriate breaks between each chapter and set the mood for upcoming events. On Side 2 Paulus discusses the background for the story from the events in her life and the importance of various symbols used in the plot. Purchase for anyone who has challenges to overcome--this story could have as much of an audience as Jonathan Livingston Seagull.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809117543
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
01/28/1972
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
108,427
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Hope for the Flowers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ccolivia More than 1 year ago
everyone needs to find their butterfly in life, a work of art expressly presented by the author...
glorybe33 More than 1 year ago
used this book years ago to prepare a talk for an ecumenical retreat. You can read it just for the book/story or read and use it for the deeper meaning. I had lost my copy and was excited to find it still in print and still w/the same black/yellow cover.
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KasuJan More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book over 20 years ago as encouragement when going through a very rough period in my life. Since then, I have given copies to many of my friends, and I never cease to be uplifted when reading it. Easy read, but its message applies to many different lives, and will stay with you long after you read it!
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TMillan More than 1 year ago
I read Hope for the Flowers many years ago and continue to share this book with family and friends. The book has so many relevant themes -- following your bliss -- independence -- self discovery -- and finding real love. Throughout the years and different phases of life, I always seem to find myself revisiting the story of Yellow & Stripe. It is the perfect gift giving book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gift received 25 years ago and enjoyed so much each time I read it! Such a simple message of love, hope, perseverence with patience. A truly wonderful gift for ages of all seeking simple self-help. I'm giving this book along with a hand-blown Butterfly ornament for the holidays!
MRM1868 More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my fiance years ago, and it may have saved our relationship. A great friend at the time told me to get this book. So often we're so consumed with what we THINK we should be and do. When in reality, our perspective on life is skewed and not consistent with our values. That's where I was...lost in what I thought mattered in life. I'm now happily married to my sweetheart and think this book helped me see what WE want out of life.
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Will make you feel better about life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book as a gift for high school graduates. I think it has such great symbolism and teaches so many valuable lessons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently taught my former class that I student taught. I read them the book 'Hope for the Flowers' and they did not want me to stop reading it. I managed to stretch the book out over three days. I read this aloud to second graders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have spent 30 years in the classroom teaching children of all ages and a favourite time every year for me was when I introduced the children to Stripe and Yellow. As a retired teacher I now introduce adults to Stripe and Yellow when I am asked to give talks and presentations because the lessons in this book are too valuable to be missed by anybody !!!! Oh how glorious to see children and adults alike get in touch with 'who they really are.' This is truly a fabulous story of personal transformation for those who are willing to say 'yes' to the challenge of Yellow ! A real gem !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times throughout my life. Each time I read it, it has all new meanings to me. The simplicity of the story and the love and hope that comes from yellow's love of stripe is always refreshing and new and yet as old as time. When life seems to be at it's worst, I pull my copy, old and faded (it was my father's) off the shelf and I remember that life is worth the struggle if only for the HOPE of becoming a butterfly. This is a wonderful book that all should read and pass on to their children and grandchildren.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beautiful story of Stripe and Yellow highlights lots of aspects of the human drama in enjoyable format. I smile and cry every time I read this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's not the little prince (the best book of all time) but it's good, nonetheless. i didn't find it that great.but still i can say that i learned lessons about life from the book. and those lessons somehow made me ponder on what life really is all about. where is life headed to? what is life? my life? how much have i given up many things to seek what my life is all about, just to get satisfaction, and just to get high? should i really seek where mine is headed to? i learned that i shouldn't be included in that caterpillar pillar just to reach the top. something is always meant to happen to me. and that someday, my past dreams can somehow be reached by what i have turned out to be... which is a butterfly. anyway, it's a good book with lessons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly a wonderful parable! Asks and answers(?) the eternal question, 'What is the meaning/purpose of life. Transformation is the answer. First read it in college; have shared with dozens of people since. Awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book for all ages! You can't stay a caterpillar forever. You must take the time to become a cocoon, and after a long wait, you can emerge as a butterfly! It is true for us, too! We can't stay a kid! We must learn how to grow up with a little butterfly in our hearts!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We used this book as a reference book in college. Truly, it is all that personal as both as it is political. It illustrates the meaninglesness of life lived in the capitalist world---the caterpillar pillar. Life is a revolution and that revolution starts from within!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was in 5th grade for a book report. It was powerful enough for me to remember the story and the illustrations, even though I could not remember the title nor the author. For years I tried to find it. Last year, on my 26th birthday, I went to Barnes and Noble with my husband and was walking by the Religion section. The cover caught my eye. I knew that was the book that I have been looking for all those years. I opened it and it brought back to life Stripe and Yellow. It was a special birthday gift I received from my husband when he bought the final copy in the store. I shared it as my first Read Aloud book to my 3rd grade class when we started school. Each one of them now believes that eventually they will become butterflies... that go where they please and please where they go. They know that their destiny is not to keep crawling as caterpillars but to metamorphose into lovely butterflies. It inspired and 'transformed' me and I hope that it transforms many more.