Thoughful review of The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book

Book review for The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book was sent from Jeannette Ruby, Florence, SC. The  book is available at http://www.amazon.com

“Thank you so much for sending the coloring books. They are extraordinarily educational and inspirational. I knew they would be special but they command ‘perfection.’ Congratulations on yet another dream, which I realize entailed an enormous amount of time, labor and co-ordination. Your associates are also very talented. My congratulations to all.”

Jeannette is referring to Cindy Dyer, art layout and cover photography; and Mora McCusker, artist and illustrator. Cindy Dyer is a co-owner of Butterfly Woman Publishing. She is owner of Dyer Design, Alexandria, VA, at http://www.cindydyer.wordpress.com

Mora McCusker lives in Gordon, WI where she continues to color her world in art.

Mary Ellen Ryall is also the author of My Name is Butterfly,which sells on Amazon. You can follow her Blog at http://www.insectamonarca.wordpress.com where she writes about the environment

Monarch classic J shape before changing into chrysalis

Monarch classic J shape before changing into chrysalis

and the natural world around her in Wisconsin and central Massachusetts.

To be implemented Wild Butterfly Habitat at Winter Hill Farm, Fitchburg, MA

To be implemented Wild Butterfly Habitat at Winter Hill Farm, Fitchburg, MA

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New Wanderings

Can you see my gardening companion among the lettuce? It was a very hot day last summer and a little creature came to rest in the cool damp soil hidden by leaves. Do you know what it is?

While you pause and think about it, I will share this little ditty.

I am listening to http://www.hos.com which I love. Paste the link into your browser. I bet you will love Hearts of Space too. This music helps me to write. OK, now back to the little quiz.

Last summer I grew lettuce greens in a container. The container was set underneath a staghorn sumac tree for shade. I went outside and was about to pick some leaves to munch, when I noticed a small creature resting in the shade of the lettuce leaves.

It is an American toad
the only toad living in Wisconsin.

You bet I let my friend stay and enjoy a respite. I picked leaves later after the toad left. They might cause a skin irritant if you touch one. It is a chemical reaction to warn predictors away.

American toad copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

American toad copyright Mary Ellen Ryall