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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.

AM Look Inside NEW 2015AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale is a children’s picture book 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.

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.”

The book retails for $9.49 (paperback) and $3.99 (kindle/eReader) and can be purchased on YOUR AMAZON  or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. GET the eBook for #FREE when you purchase the paperback from Amazon.

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Comments on: "AMAZING MATILDA, Monarch Butterflies & The Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award" (31)

  1. […] AMAZING MATILDA, Monarch Butterflies & The Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award shared by Bette […]


  2. Wow! This looks amazing. Congratulations! Although very late. I have just found you from Senior Salon link. I am glad I dropped by;-)


  3. Whoop whoop, awesome stuff and thanks for sharing with us at the Senior Salon. Hope to meet you there again and also some of your followers. Please come over as you all with meet other very interesting ‘Silver’ bloggers


  4. Congratulations, Bette! Well done. I love the finger puppet idea as well.


  5. […] via AMAZING MATILDA, Monarch Butterflies & The Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award […]


  6. This book sounds lovely! I’ve always been fascinated by monarch butterflies. Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!


  7. I’m so glad you’re posting about a butterflies book in February. Makes me look forward to spring, which is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing about the award, too. We would love for you to link up this post with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup #LMMLinkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=830


  8. Congratulations! What an honor to be recognized. Cheers to you 🙂


  9. Hi, Joe. Thanks so much for your support and endorsement. So glad you enjoyed MATILDA. May all of the magical moments with your granddaughter be most amazing, as I know they will. Grands sure are grand! 🙂


  10. Bought it for my granddaughter; love it for myself! Keep up the good work, Bette. 🙂


  11. What an honor well deserved Bette.


  12. Congrats Bette!


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  14. I will be writing up a Media Release for this. Way to go. I have judged this contest before, so glad to hear that you entered and won.


  15. a wonderful achievement, congratulations, and thank you so much for liking my poetry, your encouragement means a great deal to me. 🙂


  16. Matilda sonds adorable!


  17. Well done, Bette and Matilda.


  18. Reblogged this on Mungai and the Goa Constrictor and commented:
    I was delighted when I read this post. Amazing Matilda is a book I reviewed some time ago. It is a wonderful illustrated book for young children following the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly. A very well-deserved award.


  19. Very, very well done, Bette. A most well-deserved award 🙂


  20. sandrabennett said:

    Congratulatons Bette. well deserved. 🙂


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