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Award-winning Monarch Butterfly Picture Book ‘AMAZING MATILDA’ teaches life lessons

Posted Feb. 23, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.

Monarch Butterfly conservation is in the news. AMAZING MATILDA is too! Her storyline and illustrations follow the monarch life cycle and highlight milkweed, an environmentally threatened plant, the only food source for monarch caterpillars.

“…I immediately fell in love with Matilda, an amazing, sweet, curious character. What a lovely story with a subtle and yet deep and understandable message for young (and those who are not so young ) readers. This book is one of “must have” books in your library. I already purchased a Kindle version for myself and I ordered two more copies in print for my library.” —Vida Zuljevic

BOOK SUMMARY: Matilda doesn’t want to leap onto ledges or bound across fields. She only wants to fly. ‘How can a creature without wings every hope to fly?” Matilda’s friends wonder as they laugh at the tiny caterpillar who only wants to fly. Meanwhile, as Matilda munches and crunches on milkweed leaves and progresses from egg to butterfly, her friends begin to recall how they felt before they were able to do all of the things they had dreamed of doing. With a little help from her friends, Matilda learns that if she keeps trying, she can do anything that she really wants to do.

TWO LITERARY AWARDS—Excellence in Childen’s Literature:

• 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Picture Books 6+)

• THE GITTLE LIST 2013 (Top 10 Self-published Children’s Picture Books)

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens is available in print ($9.49) and eBook ($3.99) versions at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-ebook/dp/B00AU9ZISA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363893998&sr=1-1&keywords=amazing+matilda or at your favorite online bookstore.

BONUS: links to ‘Amazing Monarch’ facts, crafts, games, coloring pages, butterfly gardening, teachers’ guides and more… Download at the author’s website/blog, where you can also subscribe to ‘free email updates from Bette': ‘FUN & LEARNING with Monarchs’ ~ http://4writersandreaders.com/fun-learning-with-monarchs/ (To access, simply click the link or copy and paste this url into your web browser, then download the pdf to your computer for hours of monarch butterfly learning and fun anywhere, any time.)

Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead. AMAZING MATILDA is Stevens’s second children’s book. Stevens has written articles for ‘ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture’ based in Caribou, Maine. Stevens advocates for children and families, childhood literacy and monarch butterflies. Find out more about Stevens and her books and download her FREE pdf at her website/blog http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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