Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children
who know them, this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of
disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. Amanda and
Little Tree discover that their friend Gentle Willow isn't feeling well.
Amanda summons the Tree Wizards, who visit Gentle Willow and determine
that they can't fix her. Amanda is angry at first, but eventually she
listens to the Tree Wizards as they explain that death is a transformation
and journey into the unknown. They also counsel Amanda that the medicine
she can give Gentle Willow is love. In a final act of love, Amanda
comforts Gentle Willow, who is afraid, with a story about the caterpillar
who transforms into a butterfly. A new "Note to Parents" addresses how to
cope with death and dying.