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410. The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly. ~Ponce Denis Ècouchard Lebrun


Bette A. Stevens:

Thanks, Sacred Touches, for this Amazing Monarch post! ~ Bette

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

Black atennas twitch
as the caterpillar
strips the last green leaf
from the naked milkweed.

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Striped flesh shed,
the green skin below
becomes a jade pendant
rimmed in gold,
hung by a black thread.

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Nature, that green magician,
arranges a slight of hand.
The fat worm in a striped suit
slides into a chrysalis
naps for a fortnight
wakes,
draped in orange,
ready to dance.
~Tere Sievers

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He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. Daniel 2:21  ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

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Intellectuals Urge Leaders from ‘The Americas’ to Protect the Monarch Butterfly


Maine Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens advocates for children, childhood literacy and Monarch butterflies.

Maine Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens advocates for children, childhood literacy and Monarch butterflies.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter referred to Monarch butterflies as ambassadors to The Americas.

What will today’s leaders do?

On Wednesday, February 19th, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are meeting in Toluca, Mexico to discuss such matters as economic competitiveness, trade investment, entrepreneurship and security. A letter to these three leaders has been signed by more than 150 intellectuals, including Nobel literature laureate Orham Pamus, U.S. environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. and Canadian author Margaret Atwood, noting that the Monarch population has dropped to the lowest levels since 1993 when recording monarch data began. They are urging the three leaders to devote part of their meeting to discussing ways to protect the Monarch butterfly. (Modesto Bee 02-13-2014)

In my own efforts to advocate for these amazing and near threatened creatures, I penned the poem, A Monarch’s Dream, based on my children’s picture book: AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale.

Find out how you can help protect our Monarch Butterflies at http://makewayformonarchs.org/i/#

Wikipedia:

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871, where it is called the wanderer.[3][4][5] It is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe and a rare migrant in the United Kingdom.[6] Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm (3½–4 in).[7] (The viceroy butterfly is similar in color and pattern, but is markedly smaller, and has an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the androconium in the center of each hind wing.[8] Males are also slightly larger than female monarchs. The Queen is a close relative.

The monarch is famous for its southward late summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico and coastal California, and northward return in spring, which occurs over the lifespans of three to four generations of the butterfly. The migration route was fully determined by Canadian entomologists Fred and Norah Urquhart after a 38-year search, aided by naturalists Kenneth C. Brugger and Catalina Trail who solved the final piece of the puzzle by identifying the butterflies’ overwintering sites in Mexico. The discovery has been called the “entomological discovery of the 20th century”.[9] An IMAX film, Flight of the Butterflies, tells the story of the long search by the Urquharts, Brugger and Trail to unlock the secret of the butterflies’ migration.[10] There is evidence that eastern North American populations of the monarch butterfly migrate to south Florida and Cuba.[11]

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MEXICO CITY: Writers ask for monarch butterflies’ protection | News | Modesto Bee


MEXICO CITY: Writers ask for monarch butterflies’ protection | News | Modesto Bee.

Extreme weather trends, loss of habitat and agricultural policies cited as contributors to decline of monarch butterflies.

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Give the gift of reading this Holiday Season!



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Visit the author at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

The Countdown is on December 6th to 12th

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

SAVE $2.00 when you Purchase PURE TRASH kindle copy for 99 cents.

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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Of monarchs and milkweeds: How one species’ pest is another’s repast


Bette A. Stevens:

How can we help? PLANT & NURTURE the MILKWEED in our gardens! I do this in my vegetable and flower gardens… Let’s support those AMAZING MONARCHS! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

DOWNLOAD this FREE companion piece to AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale
Monarch Butterfly facts, games, gardening and more http://4writersandreaders.com/fun-learning-with-monarchs/img_2830

Originally posted on Grist:

The monarch butterfly is a prime example of charismatic minifauna. Charismatic megafauna — bears, sharks, wolves — evoke feelings of awe, but there’s a subtle contradiction in sheltering species that sometime eat us. With charismatic minifauna, however, that contradiction disappears. It may be harder to empathize with insects, but nurturing them comes a bit more naturally.

People like Debbie Jackson, a conservation specialist with Monarch Watch, have been nurturing the insects for decades.

“I started this as a little girl the cornfields of the Midwest, just enjoying them,” she said. “Feeding the caterpillars on milkweed and watching them grow.”

Now monarchs are in trouble — in part because there’s not much milkweed left in the cornfields of the Midwest.

“The numbers are astronomically horrible,” Jackson said. The monarch overwintering spot in the mountains of Mexico once hosted a billion butterflies. But just 3 million have shown up so far this…

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‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s’ Tale Wins Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award


A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpi...

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar feeding on a leaf of the Swamp Milkweeden (Asclepias incarnata) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest recognizes excellence in children's literature.

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest recognizes excellence in children’s literature.

Judges of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens, won Honorable Mention in the Picture Books – 6 & Older category.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a first-place award, 64 out of 80 for a second place and 56 out of 80 for an honorable mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., the sponsor of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale is about a monarch caterpillar who 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. As Matilda progresses from egg to butterfly she learns that if she keeps trying, she can do anything that she really wants to do. AMAZING MATILDA’s storyline and illustrations follow the actual life cycle of the monarch butterfly and includes milkweed, an environmentally near-threatened plant. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat.

The book retails for $9.49 (paperback) and $3.99 (kindle/eReader) and can be purchased at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-A-Monarchs-Tale/dp/1470187663/ref=pd_sim_b_6 or your favorite online bookstore.

Visit the author at her website/blog  http://www.4writersandreaders.com .

For a complete list of winners including first and second places and honorable mentions, visit http://www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

You can find out more about the author and her books…

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AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens, won Honorable Mention place in the 2013 Picture Books - 6 & Older category.

MONARCH on the Move!


‘AMAZING MATILDA’ is on the move…

She’s FREE on Amazon this Sunday & Monday, MARCH 24th – 25th!

Meet AMAZING Meet AMAZING MATILDA, her meadowland friends and their creator: Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens on BlogTalkRadio's storiesfromunknownauthors. SHOW is hosted by award winning author Renee Hand.

Meet AMAZING MATILDA, her meadowland friends and their creator: Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens. GET YOUR FREE KINDLE BOOK, TOO!

Matilda and her meadowland friends LOVE to inspire kids of all ages (4 – 94) to reach for their dreams.

Grab your FREE copy and be sure to tell your friends. SHARE the love…

You’ll find out all about it at the PRlog Press Release link below.

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Bette A. Stevens on BlogTalkRadio


“Chatting With Sherri” interviews Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens

Sherri Rabinowitz, Host of "Chatting With Sherry" on BlogTalkRadio

Sherri Rabinowitz, Host of “Chatting With Sherry” on BlogTalkRadio

This week we will speak to the lovely Bette Stevens about her wonderful children’s book Amazing Matilda; A Monarch’s tale. An inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends.

Sherri Rabinowitz CHATS with Author Bette Stevens

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http://www.examiner.com/article/amazing-matilda-a-monarch-s-tale-by-bette-a-stevens


http://www.examiner.com/article/amazing-matilda-a-monarch-s-tale-by-bette-a-stevens

(Books    September 4, 2012    BY Paula Hrbecek    http://www.examiner.com )

“One concern parents have is how to inspire their children to meet challenges with patience and persistence. This is the plot of a new book, ‘Amazing Matilda’.”

“Matilda’s story is my story. It’s you story too. It’s everyone’s story. Meeting the challenges of life at every stage of life is no easy task. Matilda and her friends encourage readers and listeners to meet those challenges.” (Bette A. Stevens)

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