Books for children and those who care for them
On the Wings of a Butterfly Helps
Children and Adults Discuss Death
When a child asks about death, what can we say?
Written to encourage communication about death and acceptance of death as a normal
part of life, Marilyn Maple's On the Wings of a Butterfly: A Story about Life and Death
shows a young cancer patient's fascination with a caterpillar. As the child confides her
concerns, the caterpillar talks about its fears of the unknown, the forthcoming
transformation into a Monarch butterfly.
Just reissued by Parenting Press, On the Wings of a Butterfly is being used in
AIDS centers for both children and adults, in hospices, hospitals and other medical
programs. It is also being used in Head Start and other educational programs, to help
young children understand and accept the death of relatives and friends, young as well
If you're working on a story about how to discuss death with kids—whether
it's the death of a pet, a parent, a young friend or even the child
himself—you'll want to talk to Marilyn Maple. For more information about
this grandmother who can tackle enough the toughest topics, please "page through" this
online media kit. Or call our publicity department at (800) 992-6657, ext. 105 or
(206) 364-2900, ext. 105. You'll find our other books
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