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I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree

by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Nathalie Dion

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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.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

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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Contributor Notes

Jean E. Pendziwol has published several highly acclaimed picture books, including Me and You and the Red Canoe, illustrated by Phil; and Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, was published in more than ten languages. Jean finds inspiration in the rich history, culture and geography of Northwestern Ontario, where she lives with a view of Lake Superior.

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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Long-listed, World Illustration Award
  • Winner, 3x3 International Illustration Annual Merit Award
Editorial Review

Praise for author Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrator Nathalie Dion for I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree:

“Textured canvases overlaid with soft pastels and cool earth tones create a dreamy, tranquil atmosphere, mirroring the quiet wonder of the text. … An ode to solitude and nature, this picture book provides comforting certitude in current times of uncertainty.” — Kirkus Reviews

I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree tells a simple, yet beautiful, story about dealing with fears in a constructive way and thinking about the future with hope.” — CM Review of Materials

Praise for author Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrator Phil for Me and You and the Red Canoe:

“Evocative, lyrical, perfect.” — Kirkus, starred review

“A true gem that invites contemplation and reflection in children, who are often too busy to notice the beauty of everyday life.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for author Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrator Isabelle Arsenault for Once Upon a Northern Night:

“A beautiful, lyrical celebration of northern light and night.” — Kirkus, starred review

“A reverent ode to the magic and wonder of an icy winter night.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is a lovely wintry bedtime story, best for sharing one-on-one.” — School Library Journal, starred review

 “A sweet and lovely tale of the magic of waking up to a world transformed by winter.” — Booklist, starred review

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