|While playing in their garden, Bobby and Susi discover a magical yellow butterfly that sings. When they tell Grandfather about her, he shares an ancient legend passed to him by his grandparents. He tells them that butterflies were trained to go out into the world and spread hope and love by granting wishes. Imagining all the things they could wish for, the children decide to capture the butterfly so she will make their dreams come true. But once they have her in captivity, they realize an important truth: her freedom is more important than all the ice cream and princess castles they could ever desire. In the unselfish act of releasing her, Bobby and Susi discover that the most powerful wish is a wish made with love.
Written as a response to the authorís unattainable wish to have her departed father back, The Yellow Butterfly brings his unfailing positive attitude and love to life for children undergoing treatment at Texas Childrenís Hospital--and children everywhere who need the powerful magic of heartfelt wishes. Now, whenever they see a yellow butterfly, they will know that their wishes have been given wings.
A busy wife, mother and community volunteer, MEHRNAZ S. GILL has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology and devotes her time both professionally and personally to causes that relate to the elderly and their well-being. She is especially interested in intergenerational programs involving children and older adults. She has received many honors, including the ABC/Channel 13 Woman of Distinction Award, the Excellence in Bloom Award presented by the Huffington Center on Aging, and the Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Association of Fundraisers. She shares herself generously with many deserving institutions, including the Huffington Center on Aging, The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, The Amazing Place, The Junior League of Houston, Open Door Mission, The Salvation Army Womenís Auxiliary, SIAWE, and Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. She lives in Houston with her husband and their two children.