Once upon a time a tiny striped caterpillar burst from the egg which had been home for so long.
~excerpt from Chapter 1 in Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
Hope for the Flowers is a profound book. Philosophizing about the plot would make it seem banal or sentimental; it is impossible to say how simply and clearly Trina Paulus presents her messages to her literary audience.
By comparing human existence to the source of life, nature itself, the author creatively examines life’s ultimate purpose through allegories, analogies, and metaphors. Stripe the caterpillar is like the little prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince): both characters are searching for the answers to timeless questions that never have one reply. The power of love, respect, and friendship also have their places in Hope for the Flowers, as does the cycle of life and the strong impact every living creature has on another through actions and choices. The journey that all the caterpillars experience and their discovery of a better existence, i.e. becoming a butterfly, is marvelously described by the author’s direct text and charming illustrations.
Moreover, Hope for the Flowers is an interpretation of truth meant for adults and children, a little volume of philosophy that has the ability to change an individual’s way of thinking one step at a time. Memorable, influential, and truly revolutionary, Hope for the Flowers does not have a real ending—it has beginnings in its tribute to nature and a more meaningful existence.
Original review: ‘Hope for the Flowers’ touchingly intertwines nature and the purpose of life, Examiner.com