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Mama I Miss You… (poetry)

MAMA I Miss you POEM



Happy Birthday, Mama!

Seven years ago today, I called Mama to wish her a Happy Birthday and, as usual, we talked for hours. It was the last birthday we got to ‘celebrate’ together. Mama left us for her heavenly home the following April and there hasn’t been a day since that I haven’t thought about her and missed her. Today would have been her 78th birthday. Mama’s strength of character, her poise, wit and unconditional love live on within all those whose lives she touched. The photograph (circa 1951) is of Mama and me and was taken in California.

Happy Birthday, Mama. I miss you.


At home or on the go this Easter weekend, share the gift of reading with a child!


Share the gift of reading with a child this Easter! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Share the gift of reading with a child this Easter! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Share the gift of reading with a child this weekend. AMAZING MATILDA is FREE from April 19 (Saturday) through April 23 (Wednesday), 2014

Download your award-winning monarch butterfly picture book adventure HERE

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and lots of fun reading with the kids in your life!

Bette A. Stevens

Read Your Children Fairy Tales, Quote by Albert Einstein

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”


Photo: Model Twiggy reads to daughter Carly (born 1978).

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This tale of an Amazing Monarch and her meadowland friends will inspire you to reach for your dreams!

This tale of an Amazing Monarch and her meadowland friends will inspire you to reach for your dreams!

Author: Bette A. Stevens
Title: AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 2, 2012)
Price: $3.99 for Kindle/E-reader or PC
(Also available in paperback: $9.49)
eBook Version http://amzn.to/Xf97aU

Contact: Bette A. Stevens, bettestevens@tds.net

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Hartland, Maine (January 28, 2013)

GOOD NEWS: There’s a new book out that will inspire kids to meet challenges with patience and persistence.

“I can say without hesitation that [AMAZING MATILDA] is a well written book filled with excitement and adventure.” (dwgodby) Read the full review at http://dwgodby.blogspot.com/2012/07/amazing-matilda-monarchs-tale.html

Matilda becomes discouraged when she is unable to fly during the early stages of her metamorphosis. But, this ‘Amazing Monarch’ never gives up on her dream. Unlike her friends, Matilda doesn’t want to leap onto ledges or bound across fields, she only wants to fly. Matilda’s friends laugh at her because she doesn’t have any wings. They wonder: How can a creature without wings ever hope to fly? While Matilda progresses from egg to butterfly, her friends recall how they felt before they were able to do all of the things they had dreamed of doing. Encouraged by her friends, Matilda learns that if she keeps trying, she can do anything that she really wants to do.

Stevens says, “Matilda’s story is everyone’s story. Meeting the everyday challenges of life at every stage of life is no easy task. Matilda and her friends encourage readers and listeners to meet those challenges. Whether we read this children’s book ourselves or listen to it while sitting on a loved one’s lap, AMAZING MATILDA is a story that never grows old or gets outgrown.”

NOW AVAILABLE for Your Kindle/eReader or PC.
Order a paperback copy for your child’s bookshelf or classroom.

Bette A. Stevens received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Orono before embarking on graduate courses in Curriculum Studies at Chapman University in California. She has taught in elementary and middle school classrooms in California and Virginia. Stevens is retired and living in Hartland, ME. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. Her love of children, of literature and of learning inspired her to write her first children’s book, The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! http://amzn.to/VGgeZM

Grab your copy of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale for Kindle, eReader or PC: http://amzn.to/Xf97aU


CONTACT:  Bette A. Stevens,  bettestevens@tds.net

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Amazing Matilda: A Monarch\’s Tale – YouTube


Author Bette A. Stevens debuts her latest picture book, ‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ on YouTube.

Amazing Matilda: A Monarch\’s Tale – YouTube

AMAZING MATILDA makes her debut on YouTube

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale  is my latest children’s picture book. I wrote the story when I was teaching fourth and fifth grade students. I wanted to inspire my students and my grandchildren, who were young at the time, to meet their challenges with patience and persistence. MATILDA helped me do just that!

Watch the show and let me know what you think. Here’s the preview link to view MATILDA:

via Amazing Matilda: A Monarch\’s Tale – YouTube.



What are some of your favorite children’s books?

Any of Dr. Seuss’s are favorites of mine! Seuss made language FUN and INTERESTING! As a grandmother and retired teacher (grades 4-8), I wanted all of my students and all of the children in my family to love language and literature. I also had a MOM who read to me every day when I was young, and Saturday jaunts to the local library were exciting and fun.

I love to read to kids whenever I get the chance. It’s also great to listen to them read to me.

Statistics show that literacy among American children is on the decline, but there are so many simple things we can do to turn that trend around:

READ to and with the children in our lives.

  • Choose, and help them select, books that will be fun, interesting and exciting.
  • Talk about books (before and after each reading)
  • Model by reading regularly yourself and sharing with the kids.
  • Set at least 15 minutes aside each day for family read alouds!

I would love to hear from YOU… SHARE SOME OF YOUR OWN IDEAS!

Amazing Matilda – A Monarch’s Tale By Author Bette A Stevens

This tale of an Amazing Monarch and her meadowland friends will inspire you to reach for your dreams!

Amazing Matilda – A Monarch\’s Tale By Author Bette A Stevens

via Amazing Matilda – A Monarch\’s Tale By Author Bette A Stevens.


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