When a little girl becomes concerned about her neighbor's failing health ("What kind of sickness have you got/That made you get so old so fast?"), her mother buys her a red ribbon, which the child immediately puts in her hair. Her mother explains what the ribbon means, and shows her how to wear it. (The package comes with a real red ribbon and instructions on how to wear it.)

With dignity and sensitivity, Sarah Weeks writes of a disease that has had an impact on us all. The song is a simple statement of a child's concern, regret and hope. Weeks' voice has been compared to "a feather on a breeze" in her debut book-and-cassette album, Crocodile Smile: Ten Songs of the Earth As the Animals See It. Jeffrey Greene's sumptuous pastels express the warmth of the Christmas season when the girl's thoughts extend beyond her family to another's less happy holiday.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to God's Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization that delivers hot, nutritious meals, free of charge, to people homebound with AIDS, and The Bridge for Kids/Un puente para ninos, a non-profit organization that provides free respite care and summer camp to children affected by AIDS in the San Francisco area.