The Tree of Hope: The Banyan That Inspired a Community to Stand Tall
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The Tree of Hope: The Banyan That Inspired a Community to Stand Tall  -     By: Anna Orenstein-Cardona
    Illustrated By: Juan Manuel Moreno

The Tree of Hope: The Banyan That Inspired a Community to Stand Tall

Illustrated By: Juan Manuel Moreno
Beaming Books / 2022 / Hardcover

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The Tree of Hope: The Banyan That Inspired a Community to Stand Tall by Anna Orenstein-Cardona, and illustrator, Juan Manuel Moreno, this beautifully illustrated picture book take us to Puerto Rico, telling us the story of an ancient, and beloved banyan tree that stood as a watchdog at the San Juan Gate, and the important role it played in bringing the community together during Hurricane Maria. Hardcover, 40 pages. Ages 4 to 8 years old.

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Title: The Tree of Hope: The Banyan That Inspired a Community to Stand Tall
By: Anna Orenstein-Cardona
Illustrated By: Juan Manuel Moreno
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Beaming Books
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 11.25 X 8.75 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
ISBN: 1506484093
ISBN-13: 9781506484099
Ages: 4-8
Stock No: WW484092

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The true story of a beloved banyan tree and a community that fought to save it in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

On the tropical island of Puerto Rico, there was an ancient banyan tree. His enormous twisted trunk rose up beside the San Juan Gate. Long roots hung from his wide-spreading branches and his emerald, leafy crown greeted all who passed by. This beloved tree stood on the shore of the island for over a hundred years--until the fateful time when the biggest hurricane in Puerto Rico's history slammed into the island, devastating communities and uprooting that very tree.

This lushly illustrated and evocatively written picture book tells the story of the majestic jagüey blanco, one of the most beloved trees in the city of Old San Juan. Puerto Rican author Anna Orenstein-Cardona weaves an epic tale based on the true story of this bearded watchdog of the island, how the tree was impacted by Hurricane Maria, and how a group of people rallied together to save it. With gorgeous illustrations by Juan Manuel Moreno, this picture book serves as an account of the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria and the strength of the people who continue to rebuild to this day.

Author Bio

Anna Orenstein-Cardona was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she worked for over two decades in finance in the U.S.A. and Europe, before turning to writing for children. Anna is an alumna of Faber Academy and an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Juan Manuel Moreno is an illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent most of his childhood living in the countryside and cultivating his passion for painting. After studying graphic design, he lectured at the university and worked as an in-house illustrator for different studios. He has illustrated several picture books for international publishers.

Editorial Reviews

"A powerful debut picture book about community, the determination of the Puerto Rican people, and a majestic and resilient tree. Purchase for all picture book collections." --School Library Journal, starred review 

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