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Milkweed – It’s Not Just for Monarchs


GOT MILKWEED? Monarch butterflies and other amazing pollinators need it and we need them! ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

The Natural Web

One of the most well knownassociations between an animal and plant species is the relationship between Monarch butterflies and Milkweed. Monarch butterflies may certainly be seen nectaringat various species of milkweeds…

Monarch nectaring on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Monarch nectaringon Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Monarch nectaring on Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) Monarch nectaringon Butterflyweed(Asclepias tuberosa)

Monarch nectaring on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) Monarch nectaringon Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

but this isn’t unique – they also drink at a wide variety of other flower species.

Monarch nectaring on New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) Monarch nectaringon New York Ironweed(Vernonianoveboracensis)

It’s the dependency that Monarchs have on Milkweedsas the only food source for their caterpillars that makes this relationship so noteworthy. Monarchs, like many species of insects, have evolved to specialize in their larval (in this case caterpillar) food source in order togain protection from predators through the chemicals they ingest from the plants they eat. Milkweedscontain cardiac glycosides, which are toxic to many species of birds and mammals. Plants have evolved these chemicals to protect themselves from being eaten, a strategy…

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The Incredible Journey of the Monarch Butterfly!


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

     http://video.pbs.org/video/1063682334/

    You’ll be amazed!

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AMAZING MATILDA’s BOOK AWARD & GIVEAWAY!


Don’t miss the MATILDA GIVEAWAY: Drawing JULY 15th for an author-signed paperback of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens.
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INSPIRE THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE!


CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS RELEASE

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
Paperback
http://amzn.to/UTJGMn

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.”

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale
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

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Award Winning Author Renee Hand Interviews Bette A. Stevens


You’re Invited!

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

Location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors where people can listen in.

FRIDAY: November 16th at 1:00 p.m. EST
Award Winning Author, RENEE A. HAND will be interviewing me (Bette A. Stevens) on her BlogTalkRadio show.  You can also follow Rene Hand’s show at this link.

PLEASE JOIN US; you can even call in during showtime (phone # at the link)…
If you’re not available at that time, you can simply click and listen later.

Renee’s review will be up at http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com the day of the interview. Please stop by for a visit and leave us a comment.

We would love to hear from YOU.

THANKS!

Bette A. Stevens

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale:
This inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends is the second children’s book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens. AMAZING 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. Encouraged by her meadowland friends, MATILDA learns that if she tries long enough and hard enough, she can do anything that she really wants to do. AMAZING MATILDA inspires readers and listeners alike, not only to follow their own dreams, but to encourage others to do the same!

Magical Monarchs – Part 2


Butterfly, connecting with nature, Earth, Monarch, Monarch Watch

via Magical Monarchs – Part 2.

WHERE ARE THE MONARCHS?


Pacific Grove Monarch Conservancy

http://www.pgmonarchconservancy.org/index.html

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