Sunday Book Review – Amazing Matilda – A Monarch’s Tale by Bette Stevens

Welcome to the Sunday Book Review. In between reading my current read, I had to give this book a quick read before I gifted it to my young grandniece. The book is Amazing Matilda – A Monarch’s Tale by Bette Stevens. A short and beautiful tale about Matilda the caterpillar, eagerly awaiting her transformation and wings so she could fly.




Inspire the Kids with an Award-winning (Excellence in Children’s Literature) Monarch Butterfly Tale. In this age of instant gratification, there’s an award-winning children’s picture book out that teaches kids that patience and hard work really do pay off.

‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ is a timely tale that follows MATILDA, a tiny monarch caterpillar, from the time she hatches from her egg on a giant milkweed leaf until she realizes her dream to fly. The story provides challenges and adventure at every turn.

Grandparents, parents and teachers will find that AMAZING MATILDA is a book that kids will want to read themselves and hear read to them again and again.


My 5 Star Review:

What a beautiful book this is – both in story and illustration. Stevens has written a clever story about Matilda the caterpillar who is anxiously awaiting her transformation into a butterfly. The story is engaging and educational. Besides evoking the transformational process from caterpillar to butterly in a clever and conversational manner between Matilda and her friends Sparrow and Rabbit, there are lessons in the story to be taken.

As Matilda laments on about her excitement waiting to transform, her friends give her friendly reminders to both – have patience, and to trust her instincts. Worthy advice in life. And as Matilda finally begins growing her first pair of wings and attempts to fly, but not quite ready yet, her friends advise – “If you try long and hard enough, you can accomplish anything.” Alas Matilda could fly!

This is a wonderful book to teach children about the butterfly transformation. I’d say from six or seven on, children can enjoy this book reading by themselves, but also a great book for parents to read to their younger children, accompanied by beautiful pictures. A sweet story for the young ones.


Before I sign off, I wanted to share a link to Diana Peach’s blog MythsoftheMirror where she shared a great list of reviews for books she read in November. And I was thrilled to find one of my books included on her read list. Diana is a wonderful reviewer and her monthly reviews are partially responsible for my bursting at the seams Kindle. πŸ™‚



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59 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Amazing Matilda – A Monarch’s Tale by Bette Stevens

  1. What a fabulous review, Debby, and so wonderful to see Bette’s lovely book here, just in perfect time for Christmas shopping. I also love the illustrations, so delicate. Toni x


  2. Butterflies are one of my favourite things and I loved having butterflies in the classroom so we could all watch the life stages and transformation. Of course, I had to read Bette’s book when I first heard of it a few years ago. It is lovely and I’m so pleased you have shared it with others here.
    Congratulations on the lovely review at Diana’s.


  3. My grandson and I read Amazing Matilda years ago when he was a little bean sprout. And he still remembers that monarchs are named Matilda. It’s so cute. A wonderful review, Debby, for a delightful and educational book. Congrats to Bette. πŸ™‚


  4. I have read this whimsical book, but did not review it as you did most beautifully here. However, I have read Bette Stevens’ Dog Bone Soup, which I thoroughly enjoyed. . . also a book about transformation. Thanks, Debby!


  5. I’ll second the high praise of Bette’s book. Some reads do a superb job of teaching lessons to children without being overly preachy, and this is one of them. It is a story that embraces being who we are, not giving up, and patience.

    Congratulations on the fine review of your book by Diana. All reviews are not equal, not because of the words but because of the source. Earning praise from someone you respect means more.


  6. Thank you for another great review! What a very amazing book. Caterpillars are showing how easy is growing up from self ment uglyness to bright selfbeeing. Just wonderful for children. Michael


    1. So nice to see you drop by Christie. Never apologize, we all get there eventually. I know people are adjusting to their pandemic lives differently. I hope you’re keeping the honeymoon embers glowing and in happiness. Hugs ❀ xx


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