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About the Author: Fiona Page is the author of Bettina th Bold – A Blind Butterfly Discovers How to Make Friends.
Fiona resides in Atlanta where she taught elementary and middle school in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties for twenty-two years. In 1987, she received the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for her pioneer work as a teacher of storytelling. She lost her eyesight on the heels of receiving this prestigious grant. Bold like Bettina, she forged ahead with her career of speaking, writing, and telling stories. Her storytelling style and use of colorful characters have had universal appeal. Her professional resume includes being a storyteller for Young Audiences for nine years. This is her first children’s book.
Meet one remarkable woman who overcame her adversity with blindness and you can over your adversities, too, by discovering who you are!
Life was simple in the 1950s in Blackshear, Georgia, a small town in the southeast, where I grew up. I had dreams of being a movie star but my parents had other ideas. My father was the only Yankee in our little “southern” town and my mother was physically challenged with two prosthetic legs. They taught me to be realistic and courageous and pushed me to graduate from college. I was curious about the world I lived in but not a risk taker. I knew the sensible thing for an unpolished girl like me was to get my degree, get married and teach school. I graduated fromGeorgiaSouthern in 1965 and married my college sweetheart. We moved to the big city of Atlanta where I began my teaching career in theAtlantapublic school system. My career ultimately spanned 22 years. I continued pursuing my interest in drama by directing and acting in plays in my church and community. By 1983, around the age of 40, my husband and I divorced. I continued teaching but also decided to register in massage therapy school and then signed up for storytelling classes. It wasn’t long before I discovered that storytelling was my new love. To read more visit
About the Book
In the piney woods of southeastGeorgia, a Queen butterfly named Bettina emerges from her chrysalis into a world of darkness. Wondering why it is so dark, she sets out to find the sun. What Bettina doesn’t understand is that no matter how hard she tries, her eyes don’t see. Bettina is blind.
Frustrated, Bettina pushes a hungry bee. She insults a friendly grasshopper. Feeling as though she doesn’t belong, she wishes she could go back to being a caterpillar. Finding Bettina lost and lonely, a blind bat named Helen befriends her. Helen encourages Bettina to change her attitude. She instructs her on how to use polite behavior to attract friends as well as how to use her other senses to see. In an amazing transformation Bettina sheds her unfriendly ways and becomes the social Queen butterfly she was born to be.
My Review: Bettina a Queen butterfly emerges from her chrysalis into a world of darkness and even though she was blind she wasn’t afraid to explore the new world. But she was rude and not very friendly.
This book teaches values not only to children but to adults as well. Children with disability can lash out at others but like Bettina they can learn to be nice and have good manners. Bettina also learnt that the best kind of beauty is the beauty that is within. The illustrations from Jerilyn Nighttraveller helped to bring the story to life.I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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