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Author’s Spotlight and Book Review/Giveaway: Bettina the Bold… Ends Jan 17th

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.

Pages: 32

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.

Giveaway Rules


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Giveaway Ends January 17th.

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January 4, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , ,


  1. We’re always looking for more books that deal with diversity. This sounds fabulous!

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    Comment by domestic diva | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  2. I thought that the whole message behind the story was ingenious. It will teach children to accept others differences without looking at someone as ‘disabled’. And for the children that have those differences, maybe they will see that it’s alright & that they are just the way that they are supposed to be.

    Comment by Julie Miller Janney | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  3. love the message! what a beautiful way to teach young ones about having a disability!

    Comment by lisa | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  4. Looks like a great book-Bettina sounds like a character my little sister would like. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  5. The whole idea of a Blind Butterfly is very interesting. I think this is a great way to talk to kids about different things that they will encounter in life. Things ranging from trying to find out why they may feel different from other kids to accepting who you are no matter what differnces or disabilities a child may have. I love that it kind of shows kids how to cope with life. email:

    Comment by sophieandmomma | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  6. I always love to share books with children where they learn some character development besides just be entertained. The author and the book sounds wonderful.

    Comment by blessedelementse | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  7. I love the idea of Bettina learning to change her attitude…how important that is in life to make life better! I agree we can all learn from that! What a great theme and ideas:)

    Comment by allaboutcoupons4fun | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  8. i don’t usually enter to win children’s books, but this one sounds like a great one! The idea of feeling sorry for yourself because of being different in some way and treating others badly is one that is not mentioned often enough. Thanks for dealing with this subject. Thanks for the review, which changed my mind about this book.

    Comment by Marianne | January 4, 2012 | Reply

  9. I love the fact that this book teaches children the importance of not being rude to others. I also look forward to reading a book that stresses the importance of accepting your circumstances and striving to rise above it. It sounds like a very promising book!

    Comment by debbiedunn | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  10. Awes I love the concept behind the story. I think its great for kids to read about differences in people and the obsticles that can be overcome.

    Comment by Larissa brunken | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  11. I love books with messages, things that can teach my grands how to be kind and also how to think outside of the box.

    Comment by Ann M Heilman Parker | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  12. That is an inspiring story. I’m so glad that there is such a diversity of books out there for children. Each person has a unique perspective on the world and this is one perspective that I would not have thought of as I don’t have any experience with others with disabilities of any kind. It has been a blessing but has also limited my experience and those of my children. This sounds like a great book to introduce to my kids.

    Comment by Cherese Vines | January 8, 2012 | Reply

  13. I like my girls to read books dealing with people or characters that are different than them.

    Comment by Jeryl M. | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  14. We have tried very hard to teach our children to be accepting of not only others’ abilities & disabilities, but also of their own. To not view it as sad or a hardship, but more of a challenge or special trait. 😉
    I love this story line! I think my children would also.

    Comment by Samantha Hill | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  15. I am always teaching my kids about various disabilities and learning how to accept people with them considering I’m deaf myself. So this would be a great book for my kids to read and discuss the topics

    Comment by Nicole Edwards | January 16, 2012 | Reply

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