Hope for the Flowers

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Hope for the Flowers
Author Trina Paulus
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Paulist Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 160
ISBN 0-8091-0174-2

Hope for the Flowers is an allegorical novel by Trina Paulus. It was first published in 1972 and reflects the idealism of the counterculture of the period. Often classed as a children's novel, it is a fable or parable "partly about life, partly about revolution and lots about hope – for adults and others including caterpillars who can read". The two caterpillar heroes, Yellow and Stripe, begin their search for meaning by attempting to climb to the top of a caterpillar pillar only to discover another destiny.[1]

The novel has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Russian and Persian.

Plot summary[edit]


Musical adaptations[edit]

A two-act musical adaptation of Hope for the Flowers was written by Ariel Escasa, a Filipino composer and lyricist. It was most recently staged in 2006 by Blue Repertory, a musical theater organization in the Ateneo de Manila University, under the direction of Macky Santiago.[3]

Xan S. Johnson, PhD, Professor, Department of Theater, University of Utah, produced a musical stage version of Hope for Flowers, choreographed by Darlene Casanova.[4][5]

Song based on the book[edit]

The Waddling Fools, a musical group based at Rancho Mastatal in Costa Rica, and in Montclair, New Jersey, performed the song "Hope for the Flowers" at Bioneers by the Bay, sponsored by the Marion Institute, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in October 2009, and the song appears on the CD Canta No Llore: The Songs of Mastatal, which benefits the Mastate Charitable Foundation. At the same conference, author Trina Paulus presented a workshop titled "Hope for the Flowers." Said song, written by Alan Smith, Erin Campbell, Nate Sander and Britt Willey, has since been recorded in studio by Smith's Montclair-base band, The Porchistas.[6][7][8][9]

Band used book title[edit]

Hope for the Flowers was a short-lived psychedelic, sunshine-pop band founded by Evan Hurley and Jacob Judd in 2005. While residing in Oregon the band picked up many new members(most notably, Shawn Kilmer), began experimenting more with electronic music and changed their name to Imaginary Flowers. As of 2009, the band is defunct.


  1. ^ Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus : reviews. hopefortheflowers.com
  2. ^ Trina Paulus (1972–2010). Hope for the Flowers. Paulist Press. ISBN 0-8091-0174-2. 
  3. ^ "i.PH Cat is now on vacation!". Descasa.i.ph. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ University of Utah staff page for Xan Johnson at www.theatre.utah.edu
  5. ^ Salt Lake Music Together staff page for Darlene Casanova at www.saltlakemusictogether.com
  6. ^ "Montclair Musicians Share the Music at Bioneers by the Bay". Thejerseytomatopress.com. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Mastate Foundation". Main.mastate-foundation.org. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  8. ^ by the Bay at www.ConnectingforChange.org
  9. ^ Yemaya by The Porchistas. CD Baby