I Am a Butterfly

A Story About Big, Beautiful Changes

Children - Non-Fiction
52 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2017
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Author Biography

SALLY STONE is an award-winning author, nature photographer, and certified hypnotist.

In addition to writing mind-body-spirit books, such as her Golden Words’ series, Sally writes children's books incorporating nature photography. Her award-winning picture book, "I Am a Butterfly: A Story About Big, Beautiful Changes," was praised by Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist for the Center for Biological Diversity, Dr. Lincoln Brower, the father of monarch research, and Susan Lubar, a leader in the mindfulness movement.

After witnessing the energy of nature during a near-death experience, Sally took up nature photography to stay connected with the flow of spirit. Her photography has won several awards, including Audubon’s Top 100 and a Chicago Botanic Garden Special Mention.

She worked with children for 23 years as a classroom teacher, then school-based coach, and finally as a college professor in teacher education. She earned her Masters and Doctorate in Education from National-Louis University with a special emphasis on understanding children's lived experience when writing and sharing their narrative stories.

After her NDE, Sally trained with the National Guild of Hypnotists and The Wellness Institute for hypnotherapy, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition for health coaching, Hellinger Institute for family constellations, and Global Family Yoga.

Sally is available for speaking events, author visits, and private coaching. She accepts a limited number of book coaching clients.

Photos and autographed books can be purchased at natureshealingimages.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

I Am a Butterfly: A Story About Big, Beautiful Changes is a nonfiction educational picture book for children written by Sally Stone. The main character is a beautiful monarch butterfly, but she didn’t always look like she does now. At first, she was a tiny egg that was attached to a milkweed leaf. Then, she became a plain little caterpillar who ate milkweed leaves and gradually turned into a larger, yellow, white and black striped caterpillar. I Am a Butterfly follows the stages of development of a Monarch butterfly using full-color photographs, including ones that use a penny as comparison to help the reader visualize the size of Monarch eggs and growing caterpillars. Stone includes a factoid page filled with interesting information about the Monarch, its migration patterns and its dependency on the milkweed plant. She also provides a chart of the Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle as well as a Monarch Resource page and useful tips on how to help Monarchs thrive in your area.

Sally Stone’s nonfiction educational picture book for children, I Am a Butterfly: A Story About Big, Beautiful Changes, is a fascinating look at the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. I loved the author’s photographs, especially those which gave me a sense of the sizes of the eggs and the developing caterpillars. Each picture is a gem, allowing the reader to see the light filtering through the butterfly’s wings and to clearly differentiate their legs, mouth-parts and antennae. This book is both educational and entertaining, and it got me enthused enough to seriously consider setting up my own Monarch butterfly habitat. I suspect that young readers will get as excited about butterflies as I did after reading this informative and well-presented book. The vocabulary is perfect for new readers to work through, and I Am a Butterfly is also a great selection for story time. It even gives advice on how to get butterflies to land on your clothing! I Am a Butterfly: A Story About Big, Beautiful Changes is most highly recommended.