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I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree

by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Nathalie Dion

tagged: imagination & play, poetry (see also stories in verse), emotions & feelings
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pages: 32
ISBN:9781773062211
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

Jean E. Pendziwol’s newest picture book is a lyrical meditation on nature and hope.

The child in this story observes the sun by playing with her shadow, though sometimes it disappears. She listens to the wind tell stories, even when it howls like wolves. She tastes snowflakes — sometimes sweet and delicate; other times sharp on her cheeks. And finally, she finds hope in the buds on a cherry tree that survive through the winter to blossom in spring.

Jean E. Pendziwol has written a layered, lyrical exploration of the hardships and beauties of nature. Her poem, beautifully illustrated by Nathalie Dion, is a study in contrasts and a message of the hope that carries us through the year and through our lives.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

 

About the Authors

Jean E. Pendziwol was born in Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior, and spent much of her childhood aboard her family’s sailboat, exploring the islands of the inland sea. She is the author of nine books for children. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for her picture book, Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. She lives in the shadow of Ontario’s Nor’Wester Mountains.

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NATHALIE DION is an illustrator living in Montreal who studied Design Arts at Concordia University. Her other children's books include I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree by Jean E. Pendziwol, The Biggest Puddle in the World by Mark Lee and What's in Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun. Nathalie has received a number of awards for her illustration and has exhibited her work in Montreal galleries.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Canadian Books of the Year
  • Long-listed, World Illustration Award
  • Winner, 3x3 International Illustration Annual Merit Award
  • Commended, Globe 100 Favourite Books
Editorial Reviews

Play can be more than activity. It can be in the soul that sees beyond the doing, the now, the ephemeral. It can be in the hope of possibilities and Jean E. Pendziwol and Nathalie Dion help us see this in I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree.

 

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

The gentle artwork guides readers through scenes of peacefulness and being alone in nature. Comfort abounds.

 

— Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

Along with Pendziwol’s poetic text, Dion’s illustrations shimmer with hope.

 

— Globe and Mail

[T]he text is poetic and the artwork is riveting.

 

— Postmedia

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