Hope For the Flowers

Hope For the Flowers

by Trina Paulus

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A perfect gift to anyone, any age, any religion or none at all.

Hope's theme of life, moving through seeming death to a new and more beautiful life, has touched the hearts of millions of people. Hope for the Flowers is for young and old, lovers, husbands and wives. It's a book to learn to read with, or to comfort those who are dying or grieving. In the tale, the caterpillar heroes, Stripe and Yellow, want something more from life than eating and growing bigger. They get caught up in a "caterpillar pillar," a squirming mass of bodies, each determined to reach a top so far away it can't be seen. Finally disillusioned, they discover that the way for the caterpillars to find their particular "more," who they really are, is to enter the cocoon and "...risk for the butterfly." Hope for the Flowers has helped people gain the courage to leave jobs, change their lives and explore their love for another human being.
A modern classic. Three million copies sold in English and beloved around the world in other languages.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158701863
Publisher: Hope For the Flowers LLC
Publication date: 07/13/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 242,004
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Hi! I'm Trina Paulus, the Author/Illustrator of Hope For The Flowers. I'm also a number of other things, mother, sculptor, and a lifelong member of The Grail - an International Women’s Movement which is committed to spiritual search, social transformation, global solidarity, ecological sustainability, and the release of women’s creative energy throughout the world. I am vice President for both the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt Colorado as well as on the National Advisory Board of Sustainable Settings in Carbondale Colorado.


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Hope for the Flowers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
patricia_poland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first glance you may think it's a children's book but it's not. All about the rat race and getting ahead and wondering if it's worth it. My copy is from 1972 and it has a definite '70s' feel (which is not a bad thing in this case). A high school teacher read it in class one day and I fell in love, buying my own copy some years later. All handwritten gives it a special 'loving' feel. On the back cover from the author: a different sort of book for everyone except those who have given up completely (and even they might secretly enjoy it)
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.