We are so excited to be revealing the cover for the picture book, THE TREE OF HOPE!
When Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, jagüey blanco, the banyan tree that had stood guard by the historic San Juan Gate was uprooted and fell into the sea. For locals, the ancient tree, which weighed over 30,000 pounds and measured over 50 feet in height, symbolized the indomitable spirit of the Puerto Rican people and its fall was a shattering blow. The TREE OF HOPE is inspired by the tree’s miraculous rescue and regrowth; a reminder of the power of community and the importance of never giving up.
“We and nature are so very much related, or similar. We both face challenges in life, but we move forward with determination each and every day. In this case, Hurricane Maria destroyed so much of the island’s nature, but it regrew…bit by bit…like the tree in my story. THE TREE OF HOPE is a love letter to my country…to the indomitable spirit of the Puerto Rican people, who never give up despite facing so many challenges . . .Anna Orenstein-Cardona, author of THE TREE OF HOPE
See the amazing cover to this phenomenal picture book below!
You can now pre-order The Tree of Hope by Anna Orenstein-Cardona illustrated by Juan Manuel Moreno, out August 23, 2022.
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About the Author
Anna Orenstein-Cardona was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is an alum of Faber Academy (Writing a Novel and Writing for Children). She is active in the Society of Children Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI).
She is an NFEC-certified financial educator (CFEI) and coach with over 22 years of experience working in global financial markets. In 2020, she founded Wear Your Money Crown® to help close the gap in financial literacy.
Currently, Anna is working on developing various projects, including more children books. She lives in London with her two very special furbabies and her Southern Gentleman husband, although spends as much time as she can in Puerto Rico, where she regularly gets involved in rescuing abandoned animals and supporting local charities.
Read Anna’s #LatinxPitch success story here.
About the Illustrator
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.