Kristi’s Book Nook reviews my book about butterfly

Dear publishing friends,

Cassie, the model in book.

Cassie, the model in book.

I am honored that Kristi Benard did a review of my book, “My Name is Butterfly.” If you are a published author and want a children’s book reviewed, contact Kristi at Kristi’s Book Nook at http://kristisbooknook.blogspot.com/

I am noting the review below:

Read in April, 2012
format Paperback (edit)
review 5.0 out of 5 stars Kristi’s Book Nook, April 7, 2012
By
Kristi Bernard (Overland Park, KS) – See all my reviews
This review is from: My Name is Butterfly (Paperback)
Children love learning about the insects that share our world. And now that Spring is here somewhat early, the insects are busier than ever. If you have a garden full of beautiful flowers, you will soon see butterflies everywhere. Butterflies love flowers. This wonderful story will introduce young readers to the life of a monarch butterfly. Everything you would want to know is right here on these pages.Sarah Reynolds and her mom have a beautiful garden. It is free of pesticides that would be harmful to the plants and butterflies. Sarah’s garden has a very special plant called a milkweed. Sarah learns from her mother that monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed so that baby caterpillars will have food once they hatch from eggs. The babies eat the milkweed leaves. Sarah learns a lot from her mom about the monarch butterfly. Did you know that another name for a caterpillar is larva? Did you know that a butterfly pupa has a protective shell called a chrysalis? There is lots more for young readers to learn about this amazing insect.Ryall has done an excellent job of sharing her passion for butterflies. She has woven interesting facts about the monarch in an easy to read, colorfully illustrated book. Young readers, parents and teachers will have fun learning about the monarch. Young readers will be anxious to visit their own back yards on a search for the monarch butterfly.

About the author:
Mary Ellen Ryall grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. In pursuit of butterflies, she worked and traveled in south America in the 1970s. In the 1980s Ryall completed the Master Gardeners Program, University of the District of Columbia, and became involved with community gardens. Living in Southern Maryland in the 1990s, she wrote about the environment and founded Happy Tonics. In 2006 Ryall relocated the organization to Shell Lake, Wisconsin where she spearheaded the implementation of a Monarch Butterfly Habitat.

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Friends and Visitors come to see me while in DC metro area

Helen Burson copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

Helen Burson copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

I was honored that Helen Burson came to see me at Joy Lane Healing Center, Hollowood, MD. She traveled down to So. MD from Waldorf, MD. I hadn’t seen her since I moved to Wisconsin in December 2000.

I spoke to a limited number of people about my work with Happy Tonics, the creation of a Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake, WI, and the publishing of my book My Name is Butterfly. The book was published by Salt of the Earth Press and is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Name-Butterfly-Mary-Ellen-Ryall/dp/0981694993 It was a networking trip from Northwest Wisconsin.

Lynda Ireland and Deneen Stambone

Lynda Ireland and Deneen Stambone

Lynda Ireland came over to St. Mary’s county from Calvert county, Maryland. I was thrilled to see her again. We chat on the phone a lot. Lynda raises horses in St. Leonard where she has a farm. My friend, Deneen Stambone, drove me to So. MD three times while I was a guest at her home in Springfield, VA. Believe me, it was a sacrifice on her part. The trip took two hours each way.  I am grateful to her for driving me to different locations.

Book cover My Name is Butterfly

Book cover My Name is Butterfly

I was a scheduled speaker at  Calvert Pines Senior Center, Prince Frederick, MD and at Carol Marcy’s Joy Lane Healing Center, Hollywood, MD. I also needed to network with gift shop owners at museums and botanical gardens about my book. We  visited Gwen Northcutt and Mary Carrol, Asbury Retirement Community, at Solomon’s.  Martha Canfield, manager, called from the gift ship when I returned to WI. She confirmed an order of the book for the gift ship.

Friends are more precious than gold. They are there when you need them.