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A Gift for Little Tree
A Gift for Little Tree

A Gift for Little Tree


32 Pages, 6.5 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: January 2014

ISBN 9780985793241

Rights: US & CA

Cupola Press (Jan 2014)

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A parable about adoption, this charming story tells of an apple tree who is unable to bear fruit—no matter how hard she tries—until a wise farmer finds a way. He grafts a bud onto Little Tree's limb, and in time she becomes the most colorful tree in the orchard. All those who have experienced the bonds of family in more ways than one will share in Little Tree’s delight when she discovers that it does not matter if her apples came from another tree; she loves them as her very own. Existing adoptive parents, as well as those exploring the possibility of adoption for the first time, will find Little Tree's story especially touching. The book also honors the birth mother in a unique way, helping children understand how love is the motivation for her actions.


“A lovely story about a little apple tree who has a secret dream—to bear apples of her very own unique color and flavor. A Gift for Little Tree perfectly captures the yearning of a mother and the joy of adoption. Sweet, lyrical, and unforgettable.” —Susy Flory, author, Thunder Dog

“What a delightful parable that will surely touch the hearts of anyone touched by adoption! Colleen Marquez helps us see the big picture of adoption, which is much-needed.” —Sherrie Eldridge, author, 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

“A poignant, sweet look at the power and beauty of adoption, A Gift for Little Tree will bless both parents and children alike.” —Mary Demuth, author, You Can Raise Courageous and Confident Kids

“A Gift for Little Tree is a touching story of hope, inspiration and the joy received from adoption. The parable teaches children of the immense love parents have for them . . . no matter how they became part of their family!” —Carol Lozier, MSW, LCSW, author, The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide

“This book honors all parties involved in adoption. How often those of us impacted by adoption search for ways to help others understand its divine essence. This book does it amazingly well.” —Rebecca Vahle, founder, Family to Family Adoption Support Program

“A beautifully illustrated and poignantly told allegory of pain, hope and new life—each of which has its place in every true story of infertility and adoption.” —Jedd Medefind, president, Christian Alliance for Orphans

Author Biography

Colleen D.C. Marquez is the director of outreach and development for Bethany Christian Services for the San Francisco Bay Area and an adoptive mother of two. She lives in Pleasant Hill, California. Masako Dunn is a book illustrator and pastel, oil, and watercolor artist. Her art has been exhibited in galleries across Japan and Hawaii. She owns the Mako Gallery in northwest Montana. She lives in Whitefish, Montana.