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“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

The Tree of Hope

Written by Anna Orenstein-Cardona
Illustrated by Juan Manuel Moreno
Published by 1517 Media

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.

Primary ISBN: 9781506484099
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 4 and older

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Setting: Puerto Rico (Old San Juan)

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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