Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift


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Belle Isle Books
Publish Date
8.5 X 8.5 X 0.25 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Stephanie Parwulski is a children's book author and mental health advocate, whose two picture books, "Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift" and "Gloria's Hope Tree," champion messages of kindness, the healing power of love, and the importance of bringing our invisible stories to light. Stephanie is living her dream in creating stories for children and "kids at heart" to enjoy. In addition to her love of writing, she has a passion for reading, singing, enjoying nature, and helping others. Stephanie cherishes spending quality time with her family and friends and going on adventures in her beloved hometown of Buffalo, NY, where she currently resides. She is also a preschool teacher, and her work with children brings her immense joy. She looks forward to writing more stories from the heart and sharing them with her readers.
Tania Ramírez Cuevas is an illustrator born in Mérida Yucatán, México. She studied for a degree in graphic design in her hometown, and after a year of working as a graphic designer she decided to be a professional illustrator since her passion has always been drawing. Working mostly as a freelance illustrator, Tania specializes in children's illustration, cartoon, character design and webcomics. She has her own webcomic called "Un Gato en la Ciudad" ("A Cat in the City"), where she shares her personal experiences and views of life in the cities of México. Tania has also worked giving conferences and drawing classes for teenagers and adults.


"Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift is a truly insightful and inspiring children's book set in a garden meadow. It is a lovely tale of a shy, selfless turtle who learns to come out of her shell by giving to others. Her caring spirit uplifts all the animals in the forest."

Dr. Elizabeth Cappella, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY

"In Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift, a young, small turtle leaves a sunflower for a young bunny, a mama robin, and a sleeping bear in hopes that these gifts would brighten their day. Little did Beatrice know that her act of kindness would multiply a thousand-fold."

Dr. Geraldine Bard, Professor of English, Emeritus, SUNY

"In the pages of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift, you'll find a delightful story of Beatrice finding her way into discovering the beauty of friendships. All children will enjoy the lesson of making new friends, especially for a child seeking to build comfort and confidence in this challenging process."

Dave Bauer, author, What's Under That Rock, Papa?

"Emboldened by the warm embrace of a butterfly and robin, Beatrice, a timid turtle, tiptoes out of her comfort zone to experience beauty and goodness beyond her protective shell. Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift gently inspires young readers to be courageous; to choose curiosity over fear, and friendship over solitude. A celebration of kindness, Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift encourages readers to think of others and act accordingly. Kindness is contagious."

M.T. DiVencenzo

"Parwulski's story of a shy little turtle shows the importance of even the smallest acts of kindness. Beatrice's desire to share the beauty of nature prompts her to reach out bravely to others, leading to unexpected new friendships. Even the most timid young reader will be inspired and encouraged by her experiences."

Nancy Marck Cantwell, Ph.D.