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Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying Paperback – November, 2003
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About the Author
Where Is My Mommy? was illustrated by Cary Pillo, a Seattle artist whose work appears in dozens of books and hundreds of magazine issues. Her largest single client is Scholastic, which produces hundreds of books for children. Her illustrations have appeared in Parenting Press publications for at least a dozen years, including Internet Safety and Your Family [link], a quarterly for parent educators (Parenting Education Practitioners Talk [link]), and the monthly, "News for Parents." [link] She earned a degree in fine art and design at Washington State University.
Top Customer Reviews
When my father died and we were waiting for the coroner, I told my mother about the book I had just read the children called Gentle Willow. I was hoping that it's metaphorical story would bring her some of the same comfort it brought me. My mom made me get it right then and she read it while we waited. My mom could not believe how the story was just like my dad's situation. When he was in his coma he was like the catapillar who was in a dark place, but with his death he would be well again and in heaven and he would now have the gift of becoming the butterfly. This thought and story brought my mom so much peace she ordered copies to give all her friends. She has since commissioned a glass artist to do a mosaic of the Gentle Willow and the yellow butterfly to be done and hung in her church. There was actually an article in the newspaper about the Mosaic and how the book, Gentle Willow, helped her during the death of my father.
As far as how it helped my children, they are 18 and 19 now and they still read Gentle Willow when someone has died.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too far-fetched for children to grasp and comprehend, esp. with vague and unclear ending.Published 7 days ago by Grasscats
Sweet story. I bought this to help my toddler understand the loss of our pet dog - who's name happened to me Willow.Published 24 days ago by Michelle Jaggi
I have used this book when explaining death to young children in my counseling practice and it seems to comfort them.Published 25 days ago by Elizabeth Stern
We bought this book after my grand father passed away to help explain death to my 6 year old. She enjoyed the book and I feel like it really did help her to understand what was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danielle
I love this book. It can still make me cry even after having read it a hundred times. It is a beautiful story that is not religious yet somehow still feels spiritual and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hassan
Amazing and well told story teaching children about death. I love that it addresses all the crazy feelings, we as humans, would have when facing a loved ones death. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for an adult friend of mine who just lost two siblings. This charming story helped me through the death of my spouse, so I wanted to share it. Love it.Published 11 months ago by PB Lady
A gentle, understandable explanation about what happens when someone or some thing dies.Published 12 months ago by M. Dietz