Of Petals and Hope Sonny Sunflower Triumphs Over Bullyingby Adam Cafege, Marconi Calindas
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Sonny is a very unique sunflower. His superficial differences elicit feelings of self despair and make him a target of harassment from the other flowers around him. Through the friendship and support of a few flowers, and his own innate strength of character, Sonny overcomes this dilemma and realizes his dream of being loved and accepted for who he is.
Meet the Author
Adam Cafege was born and raised in the Philippines and California. He grew up appreciating the beauty of life in different cultures and is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Tagalog, and English. Cafege is a healer and an advocate for victims and patients. Using education, Adam enjoys teaching, motivating, and empowering others to care for themselves. His innate beliefs in others translate into strong inspiration that not only educates young minds but also creates long lasting changes in attitudes and behavior. A sensitive topic which proved to be emotional for Adam when writing this book. Adam holds a doctorate in clinical pharmacy and has practiced in North America, Hawai`i, the Middle East, and the Northern Mariana Islands. He enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, cooking, and fine dining. He currently makes his home in Hawai`i and in San Francisco with his partner.
Marconi Calindas is a resident artist in San Francisco. He is known for translating his art onto clothing using designs inspired by life in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. His work has been displayed in San Francisco City Hall, the Children�s Creative Museum, Hotel Triton Mezzanine Gallery, Magnet SF and at Menlo College. He also has had notable exhibits at A-Forest Gallery in NYC, Intermedia Arts Gallery in Minneapolis, Artists Alley San Francisco, Bayfair Mall (San Leandro, CA), Newpark Mall (Newark, CA) and Aspect Gallery in San Francisco among many others. A grand prize winner for the 2012 competition New Era Introducing Global Creative Project North America, Marconi�s winning piece tackled a sensitive subject on teen bullying and suicide which was showcased in five key art cities in North America: New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, Canada. Marconi was recognized with a Certificate of Honor by the San Francisco City Hall Office of Supervisors for his triumph. His works have also been featured as cover images in publications for the Organization of Refuge, Asylum and Migration International in 2012 and will be appearing as cover images for several 2013 publications as well. Marconi makes his home in Hawai`i and San Francisco with his partner. You may visit him on the web at: www.marconicalindas.com
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