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Get your copy of Hope Is a Butterfly, If You Don't Squish the Caterpillar today!



Hope the caterpillar goes into her chrysalis - but change can be very scary - and her friend Gracie wants to help her escape!

Join these lovable characters as they learn about friendship, hardship, unconditional love, Second Chances, and what it truly means to help a friend in need.


Hope Is a Butterfly, If You Don't Squish the Caterpillar is the first in the Crystalline Vibes™ children's book series that help children and the adults who care about them learn simple strategies to navigate a complex world.



Cristal Lynn Cook, LCSW grew up in Mancos, Colorado, population 1,000. At a young age, Cristal had a passion for rescuing animals and creating adventures. Her journey to grown-up-hood took a meandering path that involved several careers, from C.P.A. to F.B.I. agent, and ultimately, to her finding her true calling as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). The broad field of Social Work was the answer to Cristal’s curious, joyful nature. For the past 20 years she has found it incredibly rewarding to work with children, adolescents, and families as a therapist and advocate. Her adventurous spirit is satisfied as she travels internationally doing what she loves: helping teens and families, rescuing animals, and exploring the world. The real-life Charlie and Gracie are “rescue animals,” but when looking at her own life, Cristal often asks herself… “Really, who is rescuing whom?”




  • Self Published by Author Cristal Cook, LCSW
  • Illustrated by Kat Powell
  • Ages - Children 4 - 11 years old
  • Publish Date - July 1, 2022
  • 52 pages
  • Dimensions 8.5 x 11
  • Language - English
  • Type - Hardcover Book
  • ISBN: 979-8-9863027-0-6
  • Printed in USA

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    "Cristal’s delightful stories take the reader on a journey with endearing and relatable characters imparting valuable life lessons and skills along the way." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans


    “A charmingly drawn, heartwarming story about transformation and acceptance.” —Lynne Sheene, Author of The Last Time I Saw Paris, Penguin Group


    “This wonderful book provides a fun and engaging way of teaching and encouraging kids and adults alike. This book will plant a seed and empower children to become agents of change.” —Josefa Rascon, MS Ed., Elementary School Teacher & Reading Specialist


    Cristal weaves an enchanting story of friendship, growth and unconditional love that sparks deep conversations. Children, parents and teachers will return to this book again and again. —Peige Rosales, Early Childhood Educator & Coach


    “Just finished reading the book. Cristal, it is awesome! I am keeping it for the kids I see and the adolescents also. It is beautifully written and illustrated. Good job, you old soul, you! :)” - Martha Greth, LCSW


    “Hope Is A Butterfly is truly an important book. This book delivers such a powerful message with heart, and with a really sneaky sense of humor. The message of inclusion, of love, and of understanding stand the test of time. Not only do the words pack a powerful message, but the illustrations bring this book to life in a beautiful way. I cannot recommend Hope Is A Butterfly enough. Yet whatever you do, do not squish the caterpillar!” - Ryan D. Hall, author of the novels Written In The Stone, Hello Again and the forthcoming personal development memoir Mining For My Voice.


    “Hi Cristal,I absolutely LOVE your book! It is perfect for the unit my team and I are doing at school right now.  We are doing a unit on Building a Community of Learners and focusing on good character traits that are needed to build a strong community.  We have been using books that focus on these traits and then doing activities to support and build these traits in our students.  I cannot wait to share this book with my teammates and my students!  It is so perfect!  I LOVE it!” - Diane Sherwood, Elementary School Teacher


    At a time in history when we desperately need gentleness, kindness and empathy, Hope is a Butterfly-If You Don’t Squish the Caterpillar, by Cristal Cook, illustrates all three perfectly. The story carries you to a place of awareness and understanding, without being didactic. The illustrations are so delightful at enhancing the theme in a playful and joyful way. It is a fantastic gift, and teaching tool for our children, yet there is certainly a message for adults tucked in there too! - Margaret (Midge) Kirk, author of They Persisted

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