A Personal Note From Siri
Hi! Thanks for stopping in! Since I’m an author, you’ll frequently find me at my computer tapping away at my next book or researching all sorts of ideas. I live among the lakes and rolling hills of Wisconsin but also love to travel around the U.S. in an old RV (recreational vehicle) with my husband John, our Shetland sheepdog Smokey and Puddie Tat, our calico cat with too many toes. When I’m not doing those things (and frequently even when I am) I am probably curled up in a corner reading a good book.
Because the plight of the vanishing monarch butterflies is real, I also hand-raise monarchs from eggs I collect from the fields and meadows near me. Raising them isn’t enough to save them, of course, but I also use these beautiful little creatures to educate people. Did you know that most adults have never held a butterfly or actually seen one be born? As the late Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love.”
When the butterflies are ready for release, I enlist other people to share the experience. This is where the real fun starts. As they touch and interact with the butterflies, adults and kids alike respond with such excitement, sense of wonder and sometimes tears, that it makes each butterfly release a truly amazing, almost magical, experience that never gets old. BUTTERFLY SUMMER Quest to Save the Monarchs embodies that feeling. I hope this book inspires you to do what you can to help save the monarchs. It will take each of us to do our small part if we are to truly make a difference.
When I began BUTTERFLY SUMMER I had imagined this as a short story for early readers. But, Sky and Scout would not let me rest until I told the whole story. Even now they are clamoring for me to tell more. So, be on the lookout for more of Sky’s and Scout’s adventures, coming soon!
When you get a chance, check out the information on this website to learn more about the Quest and ways you, too, can help save the monarchs.
Thank you for reading this book. If you enjoyed it, please tell your friends, parents, teachers, and of course, your librarians. Let’s spread the word to help the butterflies.