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Book: Amazing Matilda (Children's Literature) - The Tale of A Monarch Butterfly by Bette A. Stevens

Book: Amazing Matilda (Children's Literature) - The Tale of A Monarch Butterfly by Bette A. Stevens

categories: Book, Animal Adventure, Butterflies, Monarch Metamorphosis, Action & Adventure, Inspirational Fiction, Persistence, Patience, Perseverance, Contemporary Tale, Monarchs and Milkweed, Children's Picture Book


Bette A. Stevens

Author Bette A. Stevensabout this book: As a teacher and grandmother and writer of several short stories and poems for family and friends, I wanted to write a story that would inspired kids to reach for their dreams--to meet their everyday challenges and long-term goals with patience and persistence. I am also a lover of nature. I wanted to use the natural world as a parallel to human nature and thought that a Monarch butterfly and its metamorphosis would fit my plan. Knowing that the Monarch is a threatened species and that its only food as a caterpillar is milkweed, and endangered plant, the story could also be used to teach about environmental science. Additionally, I wanted a story that I could use to teach kids how to write. That was my plan, and I think that AMAZING MATILDA and her friends helped me do just that. The animal characters help to support diversity as well. I used the story in my classrooms, but didn't have time to illustrate it until I retired. The illustrations took me about three months to complete using pencil sketch and watercolor paints. By July of 2012, the children's picture book 'AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch's Tale' was born. Like MATILDA, the amazing monarch, the book went through many stages and changes.The day I received my first proof copy and gave the OK to publish was a day that one of my own dreams came true... Yes, just as AMAZING MATILDA shows us, it took a lot of patience and persistence but it was all worth it! ~Bette A. Stevens, author/illustrator

'AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch's Tale' written & illustrated by Bette A. Stevens

"Children of all ages will be able to relate to monarch's plight in some way… "This story is a true gem and one that will inspire children for years to come." Renee Hand, award-winning adult and children's books author. Hand reviews for the New York Journal of Books.

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