||July 2, 2012
This tale of a Monarch butterfly's metamorphosis will inspire readers and listeners of all ages to follow their dreams!
AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens
The tale of an Amazing Monarch Butterfly and her meadowland friends: 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 hard enough and long enough, she can do anything she really wants to do! MATILDA will inspire readers and listeners alike, not only to follow their own dreams, but to encourage others to do the same!
Matilda emerged from her tiny egg on the giant green leaf of milkweed at the edge of a grassy meadow. She yawned and stretched and looked all around. Why, Matilda was amazed! The world was so big and bright. And, Matilda was so small and white.
"I want to fly! I want to see the world!" Matilda shouted just as a brown sparrow flew overhead.
"Have patience, tiny Matilda. Then follow your instincts, and one day you will fly," chirped Sparrow as she smiled down at Matilda and flew off into the nearby woods. Matilda didn't know what patience or instincts were, but she did know that she wanted to fly.
Creative and Beautiful Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Beautiful Story July 9, 2012
"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.
I believe most any child would enjoy this book as well as adults. I enjoyed how the author shared support and encouragement from the other animals. How they prepared Matilda to believe in herself, to have patience and rely on her instincts. We must believe in ourselves and others as well. When we begin to do that, we will be able to soar as Matilda above the circumstances that we encounter as well as help others to do the same.
I would highly recommend this book to others who desire a challenge to become a better person.
This Story Is A True Gen, And One That Will Inspire Children!
5 out of 5 Stars
Amazing Matilda, A Monarch's Tale, is a beautiful tale about a monarch butterfly during the stages of her metamorphosis. Caterpillar 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.
--Renee Hand, award-winning adult and children’s books author. Hand reviews for the New York Journal of Books.
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