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ISBN 9780985793241

Hardcover, 32 pages





Special thanks to:


Nightlight Christian Adoptions, serving families for over 50 years with domestic, international and embryo adoption services


Bethany Christian Services - Northern California Branch, supporting women, children and families with life-affirming options of parenting and adoption. We appreciate you!


Rebekah Children's Services, dedicated to promoting the social, emotional and physical well being of children and families





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A Gift for Little Tree: A parable about apples, adoption and love

By Colleen D.C. Marquez

Illustrated by Masako Dunn




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“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 of “You Can Raise Courageous and Confident Kids”


“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, unforgettable.”

Susy Flory, New York Times Bestselling author of “Thunder Dog”


“Colleen D.C. Marquez warmly tells the story of an apple tree that is unable to bear fruit. Through a series of grafts by a caring farmer, Little Tree becomes one of the most colorful and fruit-baring trees in the orchard. With great sensitivity, Marquez is able to convey the emotions and struggles of those who deal with infertility as they long for children of their own, including the delight that comes when a family is formed through adoption. Beautifully written, A Gift for Little Tree is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages.”

LAUREL BURNS, Library media teacher, strandwood elementary



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! Though written for children, it is certain to soothe the heart of any parent who has gone through the pain of infertility.”

Carol Lozier, MSW, LCSW, Adoption Therapist and Author of "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, 2011 Angel in Adoption Award winner and founder of the 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 


“Little Tree is a BIG story for parents and children alike. It is a story of restoration, reminding us that Divine Love can bring meaning and purpose to imperfect situations. This parable teaches that the whole concept of a family is not one-size-fits-all. God’s arms (and in this story, the farmer's care for Little Tree) have the endless capacity to embrace and fulfill our biggest dreams.”

VictoriA BECK, President, New Destiny Educational Products, Inc.


“I'm sure this story will speak to many hearts.”

Lynette Redal Stime, LCSW, Northern California Director, Bethany Christian Services USA LLC 


“A great story—with an unmistakable message—and sensitive to the whole picture. What a gift!”

Jill Sandy, Director of Community Development, HELP ONE CHILD


“A timeless and true message for folks of any age.”

Jan Biddick, Christian Alliance for Orphan Care Ministries


“I just love, love, love this story!”

TheresaMarcroft, Founder, Unplanned Good


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