Although it’s been a dry summer and monarch sightings have been sparse here at the Farmstead in central Maine, these amazing pollinators continue to stop by to visit, lay eggs on our milkweed plants, emerge from their chrysalides, metamorphose into monarch butterflies and fly off on their annual migration to winter inMexico, where their life cycle will begin again next spring… ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author and monarch butterfly advocate
It’s official—Monarch butterflies are on the Endangered Threatened Species “Red List.”
Their status was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature last week, but we still await a status change from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Some of the largest contributing factors include significant loss of milkweed habitat and growth, as well as an increased use of herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals.
Now for the good news. As said by John F. Kennedy, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
~ Find out more about how you can help ~ Bette A. Stevens
About the book
This “Gem of a Tale” about a Monarch Butterfly teaches kids lessons in friendship, patience and persistence as AMAZING MATILDA transforms from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. (Children’s Picture Book/Ages 5-11).
Order your copies today:
- Paperback $9.49 (at home or in the classroom)http://amzn.to/YJVVOk
- eBook/Kindle Version $3.99 (at home or on the go)http://amzn.to/YJVVOk
- FREE Authorgraph for Kindle version http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BetteAStevens
- Grandma’s Legacy: A Poem by Bette A. Stevens (4writersandreaders.com)
- Amazing Matilda by Bette A. Stevens (4writersandreaders.com/ Book review by Pat Garcia)
Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – #Poetry Bette A. Stevens, #Children’s #Binmen Sue Wickstead
Thank you, Liz, for your insightful and extensive review of MY MAINE and its ending, “Finally, I highly recommend My Maine to anyone looking for a constant in tumultuous times. The book will be a comfort.” Thank you, Sally, for sharing Liz’s wonderful review and for introducing us to Sue and her awarding-winning books as well. ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author
Visit Sally’s to read all about it!
Over the course of the summer months I will be sharing the recommended authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf along with their books and a selected review.
The first book today is a poetry collection by Bette A. Stevens – My Maine – Haiku through the seasons.
About My Maine
Inspired by The Pine Tree State—Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people—the author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, reflect the Maine she knows and loves. Bette A. Stevens’s imagery draws the reader into her world of wonder and delight. My Maine takes readers on a poetic journey through Maine’s four seasons. Whether you’re a native Mainer or from away, Stevens’s short story poems and photographs will resonate.
The collection opens with a haiku tribute, “Maine Pines and People.” The journey continues with the rejuvenating spirit of “Spring Awakenings” and “Summer Songs”; then on to…
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Thanks for these great resources, Jacqui Murray!
Be sure to visit Jacqui’s blog, follow her blog and check out her books. #ReadAcrossAmerica #Readingisfundamental #literacy HAPPY READING with the kids every day… ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author
As writers, we know the importance reading has made in our lives. That is why holidays that support reading for kids are a big deal with me–well, that and the fact I’m also a teacher! In the United States, we celebrate Read Across America Day annually on March 2. This coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, one of the most beloved and iconic children’s writers and perfect for any read-aloud.
Here are great reading websites for youngers:
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