My Review – Amazing Matilda

I spent a pleasant Saturday morning with my grandchildren while we had opportunity to listen to  a reading of “Amazing Matilda” by Bette Stevens.  In the end we downloaded the eBook as well.  I can really recommend this little gem, not just for younger readers, but even older ones like myself who care about the natural world around us and love to explore this world by means of stories such as this.

Amazing Matilda (Children's Literature): The Tale of A Monarch Butterfly by [Stevens, Bette A.]

Here  follows our review:

Format: Paperback

“This Saturday morning my grandchildren and I listened to the reading of “Amazing Matilda” by Blossom. We enjoyed the story very much. My granddaughter (10 years old) said, ‘I like the alliterations and the lesson that you can do anything if you have patience to follow your dreams. If you give her four-and-half stars, which is about 95%, it’ll be good.’ And my grandson (7 years old) said, ‘I like the giant words like metamorphosis and the characters in your book. Fortunately the Monarch is poisonous and the sparrow didn’t eat Matilda. I liked when Matilda got her wings and I give her four-and-half stars, and I want to buy the book.’
So for now , I’ve downloaded “Amazing Matilda” – such an inspiring little story. Thanks for writing and illustrating this story, making young and old aware of butterflies.”
Bette A. Stevens


Bette A. Stevens is a retired teacher, a 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 in a family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying by young and old alike. This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s debut novel planned for release in the summer of 2014.
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  1. Dear Maretha,

    Thanks so much for listening, reading, reviewing and downloading a copy of Amazing Matilda and having a book talk with your grands. Just a quick note to let you know that the monarch’s poison is not lethal, but merely a warning (making them sick) to predators to stay away. Also the golden orange color of the caterpillars’ stripes and butterfly wings signal predators to find other prey. So glad that you picked up on that. I use the relationship between Sparrow and Matilda as a discussion point (birds eating insects) when reading to children and so happy to discover that you did too! Your lovely review made my day.

    Blessings and love,


    • Thanks Bette, My grandson actually made the point about the poison, so when I see them again, I’ll be sure to read your comments to him and his sister.Your book gave them much to to talk about 😀


  2. Lovely review. My Grandson is a little too young to read it to just yet (Age 4) although he is fascinated by Butterflies or ‘flutterbies’ as he calls them. However my daughter and I are compiling a ‘library’ of books sharing life lessons in the way ‘Amazing Matilda’ does. I think that the discussion points about predators and the warnings that certain species give them to ‘stay away’ are intensely valid. This book in now on our list. Of course grandma has the pleasure of reading it first.

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    • Thanks for popping in. I’m sure your grandson would love to hear you reading to him from Amazing Matilda. When mine were younger, they liked to be challenged on a few big words such as metamorphosis. Have a pleasant Sunday! 🤓🐾🐾🐾🐾

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