A Children’s Story About Love,
Loss and Transformation

A beautiful book written by Kris Fenton Siwek and lovingly published by her daughter 30 years after her death.

Why do the people we love sometimes die? Why did they have to leave us, and can they come back?

Young Andy wants to know. He’s sad and confused because his dad has died. So, on a quiet day in the springtime, Andy goes for a walk in the woods behind his house to think about what has happened. In the woods, Andy meets Clyde — a talking caterpillar with stripes of black and yellow and white. Clyde helps Andy talk about his dad … about how much he misses him and about how much he loved him. Talking to Clyde helps Andy feel safer and stronger, and a little less sad.

In this tender and heartwarming book by mother and artist Kris Fenton Siwek, Andy learns new ways to think about loss and he discovers that when we are our saddest, new friends and old memories can make us feel better. He also learns that caterpillars become butterflies and that people, too, have spirits that can live in our hearts forever.

Caterpillars Can’t Talk provides parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors with a new and gentle way to talk about what we feel when someone we love passes away. It is a simple, sweet, heartfelt story that opens conversations and helps entire families heal.

This acclaimed book, first written in 1982 and finally brought to publication in 2020, is ideal for children ages 4 through 12, and has been embraced by teens and adults as well. Whether we’re 6 or 60, we all grieve, we all hurt, and we all wonder if we’ll ever stop feeling sad when someone we love dies.

A perfect gift for grieving families, and a vital resource to have on your home bookshelf long before tragedy strikes. A book to read as a family, in the classroom, and during counseling.

A Story about the Story, the Author Who Wrote It, and a Daughter Who Gave It Wings to Fly

Kris Fenton Siwek was a wife, mother of two, fine artist, and author. After a dear family friend died suddenly, Kris struggled to find words to comfort his 6-year-old son, Chad, and help him process his dad’s death. She wrote and illustrated a book titled What You Are Never Stops and dreamed of publishing the book to help children around the world come to terms with the death of a close loved one.

Sadly, before she could publish the book, Kris herself passed away at the young age of 42, leaving behind two teenaged children who were burdened by the same loss she so eloquently wrote about in her book. After years of struggling to find purpose in her grief, Kris’s daughter, Stacey Sassine, finally brought the book to life and Caterpillars Can’t Talk: A Children’s Story about Love, Loss and Transformation was lovingly published.

After years of navigating her own grief journey and seeking purpose through her pain of loss, Stacey founded One Million Monarchs, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring comfort, safety and peace to teenagers and their families who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or close friend. With the vision of “Grow Through What You Go Through,” the organization’s objective is to help teens stay on track toward their personal goals after a profound grief experience. And, she founded Epic Reboot to help others who are struggling with grief find the hope and transformation they seek.