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Amazing Matilda by Bette Stevens Review


Bette A. Stevens:

Award-winning picture book gets another ★★★★★

Originally posted on Year 'Round Thanksgiving Project:

I love children’s books and read quite a lot of them to children (4-6 yrs). This story of Matilda shows how a caterpillar develops and changes into a beautiful Monarch butterfly. It is done in a way that is just perfect for young children to understand. I think this book could serve as a great introduction to more learning about butterfly development and habitat. And what a perfect thing for children to learn so they can become advocates for the environment.

Five out of five stars

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Winter Haiku by Bette A. Stevens


Winter Haiku 2014Nature’s beauty is inspirational, no matter the region or the season. Winter 2013-2014 (as of January 8, 2014) has been extremely cold  in Maine and around most of the USA as well. Here in Central Maine, we’ve already had more than two feet of snow, several inches of ice and even some freezing rain on days when the air temperature rose above the freezing point and the rain froze as it hit the ground.  Nature’s winter wonderland beauty is breathtaking; and, the work it requires is breath-taking, too if you want to leave the homestead… HAPPY WINTER! Stay safe and warm. — Bette A. Stevens, MAINE Author/Illustrator

Give the gift of reading this Holiday Season!



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SAVE $2.00 when you Purchase AMAZING MATILDA kindle copy for $1.99.

GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS: Looking for something different for the kids? Take them on an amazing adventure with a monarch butterfly! AMAZING MATILDA, a 2013 Purple Dragon award-winning picture book, is a perfect pick for all of the kids in your life (ages 4-10). They’ll learn about the monarch butterfly life cycle and travel with MATILDA and her meadowland friends as they  learn how to meet everyday challenges with patience and persistence. This award-winning picture book adventure will inspire the kids in your life to be all they can be. There’s no greater gift than that!   http://amzn.to/YJVVOk

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ADULT, TEEN & TWEEN READERS — Looking for something different? Something short to fit into your busy holiday schedule? PURE TRASH, The Story is a perfect pick for you. This short story (21 pages) 1950s adventure will take you back to a time and place where few have traveled. Join nine-year-old Shawn Daniels and his younger brother Willie as they ride their bikes to town on a Saturday filled with great expectations. You’ll smile to see them take pleasure in the simple things in life–pocket change, a sackful of candy, the freedom of reaching great heights on a swing. You’ll find adventure at every turn and plenty of surprises, too! Their story may change your life.    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EH0RV6K

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! —Bette A. Stevens

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KINDLE MATCHBOOK:  This great special is on every day! Purchase Bette’s paperbacks for GIFTING or for you & download the FREE e-book versions for yourself as well! Visit the author at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

And, PLEASE come back for your FREE authorgraph (autographed by Bette A. Stevens) covers for your kindle copies to add to your kindle library. You’ll have a chance to ‘talk’ to the author and she’ll respond with a special message to you on your cover.   http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BetteAStevens

Maine Author/Illustrator Debuts Books at Local Craft Fair


Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens, Hartland Craft Fair. Photo by Ann Foss, secretary and treasurer of The Hartland Historical Society, Hartland, ME.

Bette A. Stevens debuted her latest children’s books, AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale, and The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! at Hartland’s Annual Craft Fair sponsored by Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Church today. Visitors had the opportunity to meet the author and purchase signed copies of her books. Stevens says, “It was great talking to craft fair visitors, not only from my own community and state, but to ‘neighbors’ as far away as New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to share my books and my writing experiences, to sign books and make new friends. This was my first public appearance as an author. I was nervous, to say the least; but, the warm, welcoming crowd put me completely at ease.”
Stevens and her husband Dan live on Ford Hill Road in Hartland, ME where they are renovating their 37-acre farmstead. They enjoy gardening, clearing woods trails to ‘get the wood in’ and for snowshoeing in the winter or nature walks any time of year. When they want to kick back and relax, they take an occasional day trip to the coast.

Stevens graduated from University of Maine Orono with a B.S. in elementary education after a successful business career at CIANBRO Corporation in Pittsfield, ME where she was editor of the company’s newsletter. Later, as an elementary school teacher, Stevens taught students in grades 4-8 in California and Virginia before retiring in Hartland, ME.

Stevens says, “I am a writer who loves nature. I also love to sketch and paint and often take a small pad and pencil on my walks to the brook, where I jot down picture nuggets for my poetry and stories. Parents, teachers and other adults in our kids’ lives are always looking for ways to inspire children to meet their challenges with patience and persistence. That is the main plot of AMAZING MATILDA.” Stevens has used The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! in the classroom with all of her students to integrate math, science and language arts for a hands-on, creative learning experience. Stevens says, “It makes learning lots of fun whether in the classroom or at home with the family.”

Both of Stevens’s books are available at Amazon.com through her website

http://angelassignmentstm.tripod.com/cherubs4children/amazing-matilda-a-monarch-s-tale-by-author-bette-a-stevens.html

or at your favorite online bookstore. If you live in Central Maine, you may also contact the author directly at bettestevens@tds.net for signed copies of her books and to schedule readings, book talks and book signings for your school or organization.

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