Hello!
Hope Lives Here!
In anticipation of our
50th Anniversary
 we are collecting your stories
to be read by Trina and the Hope core team.
We may publish some unless you tell us not to.
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*50th Anniversary Hope Revolution*
An 
Overview 
of Hope For 
The Flowers
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.
 
Hope for the Flowers is a modern classic. It's beloved around the world in other languages and over three million copies have been sold in English.


Editorial Reviews
Coretta Scott King

"I read it with deep appreciation for its message and for Trina Paulus' skill in communicating in words and pictures."
EAR LU LU

"Oh, I cannot explain the beauty I felt when I get all this, to make the most complex become the simplest – this is the summit of our ancient Oriental wisdom."
DREW BARRYMORE

"Hope For The Flowers is one of my favorite children's book. Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward
 and then morph into beautiful, graceful
 butterflies that everyone loves."
DEEPAK CHOPRA

"In Trina Paulus' book, Hope for the Flowers, two caterpillars get caught up in the fallacy of competition and struggle to reach the top of a caterpillars pile. By journey's end, however, they learn that their true nature, and that of every other caterpillar is not one of winning and being at the top, but of going within and emerging as beautiful butterflies who were born to soar. Like the caterpillars in that tale, very early on in our lives, we may have received messages that we must compete."
How Hope Came To Be
It all started many years ago while sharing comfort with a friend who just experienced the death of someone close. What does one say? How can we dare imagine that life can go on – we have no proof? The amazing transformation of a caterpillar, a lowly worm, into a glorious flying creature is also hard to believe. But because we have actually seen a butterfly we can hope for other transformations invisible to the eye.

In face of loss beyond words I would draw a card with a caterpillar, a cocoon and a butterfly illustrating a favorite text, “Life is changed, not taken away.”

There’s more, much more to the story of how Hope For the Flowers came to be – but somehow two caterpillars, Stripe and Yellow, crawled out of a little yellow book as butterflies. For almost 5 decades, they have been flying around the world carrying hope for the flowers and for millions of people. So here we are, let the 50th Anniversary preparations on the Web begin!
Enjoy and cry a bit at the beauty and pain of relishing and protecting the “more of life!”
-Trina Paulus
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