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Celebrate Autumn with a Monarch Butterfly Adventure! AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens Only 99¢ October 21-25

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To celebrate the season’s great Monarch Butterfly Migration, AMAZING MATILDA by Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens is on sale for only 99¢ from October 21—25. Find out more about our amazing monarch pollinators and download your copy of Bette’s award-winning picture book today!

Monarch butterflies are a near-threatened species. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch and its habitat.

Eighth-generation (2015) monarch butterflies in the US and Canada are migrating south right now—destination: Mexico and California’s coast where they will over-winter before mating to create the first generation of monarchs for the northern migration that begins during the spring of 2016.

 Celebrate the Great Migration with AMAZING MATILDA

Kindle version only 99¢
October 21—25, 2015
at Your Amazon

About the book

AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens (Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly. This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Matilda emerges from her egg on a milkweed leaf—she stretches and yawns and knows she wants to fly. Sparrow tells her to follow her dreams. Toad and Rabbit laugh at a creature without wings who wants to fly. You’ll be as amazed as Toad and Rabbit are as you follow Matilda from egg to imago. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again!

Latest 5✰ Book Review

AM cover with Monarchby T. Sanders (October 18, 2015)

As an early educator for nearly fifteen years, I am always seeking new books to share with my children. I stumbled upon this book and because I adore butterflies, I just had to give it a try. What I discovered is that this is not just another children’s book with pretty pictures and an engaging story line. It has a subtle, yet powerful underlining theme of perseverance, patience, and believing in oneself. The language isn’t too sophisticated for the targeted age group, yet it’s written in a way which would also cause parents to not be annoyed in having to read it ‘just one more time’ at the pleas of their little ones.

I own the Kindle and paperback version of this book now and I display it proudly in my classroom with my other favorites such as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and Dr. Seuss classics. With all the ridiculous contemporary children’s books being released, which have no positive message or valuable information in them, it’s refreshing to find a gem like this one to add to my library.

Download your copy of “AMAZING MATILDA”

ONLY 99¢  OCTOBER 21—25
(OR: Purchase paperback and download the eBook for FREE
any time) at YOUR AMAZON

About the author

BAS Author logo stamp 2015Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies—an endangered species (and milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).

Stevens is the author of AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning picture book; The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!, a home/school resource incorporating hands-on math and writing; and PURE TRASH, the short story prequel to her début novel, DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomer’s coming of age novel published in January 2015.

Please share this post… Monarch butterflies are a near-threatened species. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch and its habitat.

FIND OUT MORE: Monarch butterflies could get endangered species status

  • Download Bette’s FREE pdf for amazing links to:
    ★Monarch Facts
    ★Coloring Pages
    ★Video: How to Make an Origami Butterfly
    ★Butterfly Teacher Guide and more…
    ★Find out how you can help protect our Amazing Monarchs
  • Bette’s Books

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The Incredible Journey of the Monarch Butterfly!

580890_292694764163370_1843993266_n     Click link to WATCH this incredible NOVA/PBS Video…


    You’ll be amazed!

Bette Book Collage WHITE BORDERYou can take a “Look inside” AMAZING MATILDA and other books by Bette A. Stevens at http://viewauthor.at/BetteAStevens

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Celebrate EARTH DAY with a FREE Butterfly Adventure eBook by Bette A. Stevens

Celebrate EARTH DAY with a FREE (April 21 & 22) Butterfly Adventure eBook by Bette A. Stevens
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AMAZING MATILDA is an award-winning picture book adventure that follows a monarch butterfly through her life cycle and teaches kids life lessons along the way!

“A lovely children’s book, with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and a profound message.” ~ Nicholas C. Rossis, author

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  • Please share... Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Monarch butterflies are a threatened species. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ monarch and its habitat.

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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Find out more at February 12, 2014

AFacebook-Cover-Image-Amazing Matildauthor Interview  http://lindaraeblairauthor.wordpress.com/author-interviews-2/authorillustrator-interview-bette-a-stevens-childrens-literature/



Picture and note from a reader—priceless!

     Thank you, Vida! ~ Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens

Thank you, Vida and Bianca! ~ Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens

“Hi Bette,

I thought you’d like to see this picture… My younger granddaughter Bianca and I enjoyed Amazing Matilda very much. Even though she was tired, after whole day at her daycare she still wanted to hear the whole story. Then, next day, she brought the book to me and wanted to hear it again. Thank you for such an AMAZING book.” ~ Vida Sreta Zuljevic

NATIONAL MONTH OF THE PUZZLE… Get Puzzling with Matilda!

January is National Puzzle Month.

Have fun, share with friends and download your own photos too…
Click to Mix and Solve

Click on the puzzle to enjoy some jigsaw puzzling fun to celebrate National Puzzle Month with this beautiful monarch butterfly…
Then, download your own photos and create personal puzzles to solve and share with family and friends.

Here’s the link to a puzzle I designed using my cover photo from the children’s picture book AMAZING MATILDA…

Happy Puzzling!
Bette A. Stevens, author/illustrator of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale and The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!

Migrating Monarchs

Bette A. Stevens:

Follow the AMAZING MONARCHS and find out how YOU CAN HELP! ~ Bette A. Stevens, author of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens


Originally posted on ari daniel:

Every year monarch butterflies begin a journey north from their overwintering grounds in Mexican forests. The epic migration spans generations and the better part of a continent. And it touches the lives of countless scientists and citizens. Check out our new Google Earth tour, produced by Atlantic Public Media, in partnership with the Encyclopedia of Life and a Google Outreach Developer Grant.

Watch the tour with Google Earth by downloading the KMZ file, or on YouTube:

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Get puzzling over AMAZING MATILDA!

Amazing Monarch Butterfly Online Fun

Solve MATILDA’s Jigsaw Puzzle…

CAN YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE? Click the link and find out...

CAN YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE? Click the link and find out…

Click the link to begin…  http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/451609EE927?z=0

Then find out how make your own amazing puzzles to solve & share. Don’t forget to get your copy of AMAZING MATILDA. It’s available in paperback and kindle versions. This contemporary tale is sure to inspire the kids in your life to reach for their dreams.

Get your very own copy of AMAZING MATILDA (Paperback or kindle version) at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

It is simply amazing! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Nominated April 24, 2013 by JR Barker~ Children's Author

Nominated April 24, 2013 by JR Barker~ Children’s Author

First of all, I would like to thank JR Barker, Children’s Author  from http://jrbarker101.wordpress.com/the-blog/ for this gracious nomination. Please check out her awesome blog.

The Very inspiring Blogger Award, the rules are as follows:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers

Looking for a little inspiration today? Visit these 15 very inspiring blogs! My nominations are…
















Seven things about me…
My kitty’s name is “Midnight,” and she is a marvel!
My husband and soul-mate is a super-hero in my book!
I am passionate about nature and collect everything from birds’ nests to barnacle-encrusted seashells.
I love art and collect ‘art finds’ discovered at yard sales and thrift shops.
For me, the pleasure of gardening includes nurturing milkweed to grow among my flowers. Monarch butterflies deposit their eggs and before long these lovely creatures emerge from their cocoons—amazing monarchs are right here to inspire me all summer long.
I am a writer who enjoys listening to and learning from the people around me.
Lobster is one of my favorite foods.

Thanks for visiting http://www.4writersandreaders.com/

  Happy reading, writing and blogging to all!

Bette A. Stevens, Author/Illustrator


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