About this book
I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree
Jean E. Pendziwol • Nathalie Dion
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:
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 Creators
Jean E. Pendziwol
Jean E. Pendziwol is the author of Marja's Skis, Dawn Watch, and The Red Sash. She lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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.
Awards and Praise
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.
- Long-listed World Illustration Award, 2020
- Commended Globe 100 Favourite Books, 2020
- Commended 49th Shelf Canadian Books of the Year, 2020
- Winner 3x3 International Illustration Annual Merit Award, 2020