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"Children of all ages will be able to relate to monarch's plight in some way. The tale will also inspire readers to not only follow their dreams, but to encourage others to do the same. One's dreams are never too bit, but with the support of friends and family, as well as with patience and determination, anyone can reach their goal. The sky is the limit. This story is a true gem and one that will inspire children for years to come."  Renee Hand (award-winning adult and children's book author of interactive mystery series. Renee reviews for the New York Journal of Books. )   

"This book conveys a wonderful message to children. A message about patience and self-belief, and that if you have your heart set on something, and try hard enough, you will get there in the end. It is a beautifully written book and a worthy addition to any child's bookshelf." Amelia E. Curzon author of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

AMAZING MATILDA continues to inspire readers of all ages from around the world. Get your copy today. You can have your digital copies signed for FREE by the author. Visit her blog at 4writersandreaders.com to get your "Authorgraph" and subscribe to Bette's Email Updates.

Amazing, Never-Giving-Up Matilda"...I immediately fell in love with Matilda, an amazing, sweet, curious character. What a lovely story with a subtle and yet deep and understandable message for young (and those who are not so young ) readers. This book is one of "must have" books in your library. I already purchased a Kindle version for myself and I ordered two more copies in print for my library." --Vida Zuljevic

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"I am a lover of nature and a retired teacher. When I wrote AMAZING MATILDA, I wanted my readers, not only to learn about nature, but to learn from nature. Readers and listeners will learn about Monarchs and their habitat, while they enjoy a tale filled with excitement and adventure. That's the wonder of creative writing. Matilda and her friends show children that they can reach for their dreams and make them come true."  Bette A. Stevens
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470187663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470187668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by nature and human nature, Bette A. Stevens is an author, retired teacher, wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, reading, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species. Stevens's children's activity book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!, was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012. AMAZING MATILDA, Stevens's second children's book, self-published in 2012 won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children's Literature - Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List for Self-published Children's Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURE TRASH: The story, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England and prequel to DOG BONE SOUP, debut novel released January 2015.

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"I love to walk and enjoy nature's beauty, whether at home or on the go. I'm passionate about the beauty in the world around me and enjoy jotting down notes and composing short poems. The coast is one of my favorite places to relax. I'm a nature collector: everything from seashells to birds' nests. When I was teaching, these treasures filled my classroom and provided inspiration for reading, writing and research. It was hands-on fun and excitement and I enjoyed every moment spent learning with, from and about my students. One thing I learned is that many children don't have an adult to read to them or listen to them read and talk about those books. Many of my blog and facebook posts will focus on how we can improve childhood literacy by reading to the children in our families and communities. My own childhood was filled with books and adults who shared and encouraged a love of reading. I've written some poetry and several short stories. I plan to write some adult fiction, including a coming of age story, and write reviews on some of my favorite books. I'll be sharing some of your stories, poems and tips on reading and writing, too. Let's have fun learning, living, sharing and loving language together." Bette A. Stevens

9/24/12 LINDA LOEGEL INTERVIEW excerpts:

Q: What prompted you to write "AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch's Tale"?

Bette: As a prolific reader, and with some creative writing experiences in my new 'teacher toolbox,' I was hooked right from the start. Meld that love of literature with a desire to inspire students to be all they can be and you've got a brand new children's book writer: me, the author of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch's Tale, my second children's book. The teacher me wanted to integrate a story with core curriculum elements. A Monarch would be the perfect main character: as an indicator species and with Monarch habitat (milkweed) rapidly disappearing, it would be a great way for children to learn life science and environmental science concepts, all while enjoying an inspiring story. Monarch research was my first step. I thought the fit would be perfect because the challenges to be met in the natural world parallel the challenges to be met in the lives of the children. And so, I started to write and rewrite and rewrite... All of the tweaking was on the literary side of the story. I wanted it to be used to teach (model) the use of repetition, alliteration, metaphor and simile in writing stories. It was lots of fun and the first year I placed Matilda's story in a storybook format in a binder (no illustrations yet). I read it aloud and my fourth graders wanted to read it during their free time and make their own illustrations. We were raising silkworms in the classroom at the time. I continued to read the story aloud to my students (4th, 5th and 6th graders) over the years. During that time, I continued to make revisions and used those models as a teaching tool as well. As a retired teacher, I've had time this year to create the illustrations (pencil sketches and watercolor). My background in desktop publishing gave me the incentive to check the internet to find out about self-publishing. Voila! After more than a decade: AMAZING MATILDA, is now written, illustrated and published.

Q: What's next for you?

Bette: I recently started a blog and have been writing some poetry and short articles. Also, I have a short story (unpublished) that I want to expand into a YA fiction (coming of age in the 1950s and '60s) novel. When I read the short story to my fellow students in a creative writing class at college, they wanted to hear more. That's my next big project. I've already asked some Web friends if they thought this type of book would have an audience and I'm waiting for some feedback. I've also posted an article on my latest WIP (Work In Progress) on my blog. The working title is "Pure Trash." UPDATE: PURE TRASH, a short story for the Middle-grade/YA/Adult audience was published on August 12, 2013. This story is a pre-quel to the novel I'm working on by the same name.

Q: What is your advice to would be writers?

Bette: NEVER GIVE UP: You can do anything you really want to do if you try long enough and hard enough, especially with help and encouragement from your friends. (The theme of AMAZING MATILDA) The internet is such a great resource for connecting with other writers, readers, marketers, publishers. Join groups that fit into your niche. Then, connect with other writers and find out what they're doing. Read them, follow them, leave comments and ask questions. There is a wonderful world of encouragers on the Web.

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Amazing Matilda is just that. Amazing! Matilda starts of as a tiny little egg on a leaf and slowly turns from Caterpillar to butterfly. The tiny little caterpillar always wanted to fly and is asking all the woodland creatures in the forest how she can fly. All of her friends tell her she must have patience and follow her instincts, but that's great what about her wings???? This book will teach kids about following their dreams and how to be patient and that they can do anything they want. The book has wonderful illustrations in it too that the author did her self.
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"Amazing Matilda - A Monarch's Tale" is a brilliant book by author Bette A. Stevens. While this is the first book that I have read from this author, I sincerely hope it won't be my last. I began the read wondering where it would take me and found my thoughts moving faster and faster as I was eagerly waiting to see what would happen next. I can say without hesitation that it was a well written book that was filled with excitement and adventure.

I enjoyed how Matilda, a tiny caterpillar, begins her journey from the size of an egg and eagerly wonders when she would be able to fly. While she verbalized this, the Sparrow requested that she have patience and follow her instincts and one day she would be able to fly. Soon she met a Toad who shared about how he learned to leap and move about, but Matilda didn't want to leap she wanted to fly. In the story we see Matilda changing colors many times, each one reflecting who she is currently while becoming something totally different as well. She then meets a Rabbit who shared how they learned to hop, but Matilda didn't want to hop she wanted to fly. She continued to eat day after day and soon realized how tired she was and that she needed a nap. Soon Matilda seemed to be covered by a soft green blanket surrounding her and she continued to change inside. When she awoke from her nap the other friends noticed something different. Matilda now had wings, wings that she had longed for to help her fly. At first she didn't succeed but her friends kept encouraging her to try, to spread her wings, to flap them until she could take off. With enough effort and courage soon Matilda began to lift herself from the earth and soar high above the others. They cheered her on and she waved goodbye to them as she soared away.
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I follow everything butterfly out of my love for my friend who loves butterflies. This is a gift for her granddaughter--such a heartwarming story full of encouragement.
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By Mel on December 3, 2012
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There are times that I forget that I'm actually a twenty-four year old. That's when I'm goofing off with my fiance, fighting with my sisters, or reading a children's book. Not many children's books bring me back and make me forget how old I am, but Amazing Matilda: A Monarch's Tale did just that.

The book was so simple, so easy to follow, and, up until midway through the book I didn't realize what Matilda really was. It's not that I don't know what a caterpillar is or what it turns in to, but I became so engrossed in the story that I forgot that I knew what would happen. What would always happen to a caterpillar.

The book is a great book for motivating children and teaching them that if you just sit down and wait a bit, you sometimes get what you wish for. Granted, that's not all that we should be teaching the children but this is a great story for a lesson in patience.

I also love the illustrations that are present in the story. They are so simple but they help the story move along in a great way. The illustrations look like they were done using the pencils that, when wet, look like water colors. The affect was amazing. Great job all around.
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Amazing Matilda, A Monarch's Tale, is a beautiful tale about a monarch butterfly during the stages of her metamorphosis. Catepillar is eager to grow up and fly but the wise words from other animal friends encourages her to be patient, one day it will come. Not knowing what her fate will be, she listens to her friends and hears of their youthful life trials and the lessons they have learned. As time passes her instincts take over and soon she begins to physically change.

Children of all ages will be able to relate to monarchs plight in some way. The tale will also inspire readers to not only follow their dreams, but to encourage others to do the same. Ones dreams are never too big, but with the support of friends and family, as well as with patience and determination, anyone can reach their goal. Ths sky is the limit.

This story is a true gem and one that will inspire children for years to come.

Also check out the authors other book, The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too.

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From the very first illustration I was hooked on this book. I am an absolute sucker for unique, hand-painted art work. The author did not disappoint here. And then came the tale; an engaging, informative and touching tale about a caterpillar who became a beautiful, self-assured butterfly (full story from egg to imago). When we first meet Matilda she is just emerging from her egg and her first and only wish is to fly, which, of course, she cannot do. Her meadowland friends, seeing she has no wings, encourage her to be patient and not to give up, but to rely upon her instincts and to keep trying. They reinforce this advice by relating stories of their own efforts as youngsters. This book conveys a wonderful message to children. A message about patience and self-belief, and that if you have your heart set on something, and try hard enough, you will get there in the end. It is a beautifully written book and a worthy addition to any child's bookshelf.
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