Read and Learn About Monarch Butterflies!

The milkweed patch is growing fast and the butterfly weed has  burst into bright orange blooms. The monarch butterflies will soon be arriving – and we will be ready!

Each year I collect monarch eggs, carefully remove them to a protected area where I care for the leaves and then the caterpillars – and then the chrysalis – until, finally, the brand new monarch butterfly breaks into the world!

It is a rewarding hobby. In 2015 we released over 100 monarchs.

Other families in this area raise butterflies too. One of those families are the Lecroys. They have turned their ‘regular’ urban yard into a sanctuary for bees, birds and butterflies.

My new book, Becky the Butterfly Girl, takes readers for a tour of their yard, led by 6 year old Becky. It is entertaining and educational too! Children love to learn about animal and bugs.

The ‘Becky Book’ is available on Amazon Kindle Books and also in a paperback version. Enjoy!

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Becky the Butterfly Girl … takes us on a yard tour!

 

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Becky laughs and giggles as she bounces around the yard – leading us here and there and telling us all about the butterflies!

It’s an adventure into what urban yards can be and a learning experience about the life cycle of the monarch butterflies – and how we can help them survive for the future.

The tour is complete with colorful illustrations – and cookies! ..? cookies? Well, get the book and you’ll see what I mean! 😉

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Monster Goes to School – New Book!

Monster Goes to School !
Monster Goes to School !

It’s the last day of school and kids are bringing things to ‘show and tell’ . . . can you guess what Danny wants to bring?

And, Oh dear! If monster goes to school – will he be a good little monster, or, well, a you know, a monster!?

Get the book to find out the answers – and join the fun. Snizzle warts and hog tails – new adventures are in store!

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Baby Bird Lost – a monster story for spring.

Danny was helping his mommy pull weeds in the garden. It was spring cleanup time and the weeds were growing fast. The weather was warm and sunny – a wonderful day to be outside!

Monster was outside too, watching Danny and wondering what sort of fun he could have if he just jumped into the weed bucket – kerplunk! – gibble-dee, jobble-dee – funk.

But then monster heard a little noise. Peep. Peep, peep . . . coming from somewhere in the bushes along the fence. “Sniffle-snurk, sniffle-chat,” he asked Danny. “Did you hear that?”

“Hear what, monster?” Danny replied. “I’m busy right now. I didn’t hear anything.” And Danny kept right on pulling weeds and tossing them into the bucket.

So monster flipped a couple of somersaults and wandered off to where he thought he heard the noise. Then he stopped and stood very quiet, listening.

He heard birds chirping. He heard a car drive by on the street. He heard an airplane up in the sky. He heard Danny huff and puff as he pulled the weeds. And then – he heard it again, peep, peep, peep, coming out from the bushes.

“Snick-a-picka-din-din,” he said to the bushes. “Whatever it is – I’m coming in!” and he stepped into the bushes, parting the branches as best he could.

Sniff, sniff, sob, peep, peep! – Monster looked down and on the ground under the bush he saw a little bitty baby bird. It was looking up into the bushes but it didn’t have many feathers and was too tiny to fly. It hopped up and down as it wobbled around on the ground. “Peep, peep, I want my mama!” it cried.

“Oh goodness, oh dear! Who is you and why’s you here?” the monster asked in surprise… He’d never seen a baby bird before – and this little guy was really sad.

The startled little bird looked at the funny creature that had burst into the bushes and wasn’t quite sure if he should laugh – or hop away – fast!

“Oh please,” he sobbed. “Don’t hurt me! I’m just a baby bird. When my momma flew away to get us some food. . . I, well I sort of peeked out of the nest and then I sort of fell over the edge – but – but – but,” and the little bird started to cry harder than before! “I didn’t mean to fall and now I don’t know how to get back to the nest. I’m hungry. I want my mama. Peep, sniff, peep!”

Monster looked at the sad looking little bird. Then, in an instant, he knew just what to do. “Little fuzzle-wunky-flipity-wings, quit your snifflin’ – here’s the things. I won’t harm ya, so take a rest. We just haf’ta find your nest.”

The little bird’s eyes grew big and round. He let out a happy little ‘cheep’ with excitement. “Oh, let’s find my nest. You can do it, I’m sure you can!”

Monster reached down through the bushes and gently picked up the little bird. Little bird looked at monster and at the horns sticking out of his head. “Are those things worms,” asked the baby. “Can I eat one?”

“Hickle-tee-fickle-tee! Cheez and corns! Those aren’t worms – they’re my horns!” said monster with a giggle. “I ain’t baby food for you, little guy.”

Just then there was a loud squawk and a big bird flew right into the bushes – and right at monster! The bird flapped her wings frantically and gave a peck with her beak right on top of monster’s head before she landed on the branch beside him.

“You’ve got my baby, you monster!” she hollered. “You stole him from the nest. Bad-bad-bad!! What sort of a terrible bad monster are you to steal my little baby?!” and she swooped out and gave monster another sharp peck right on his nose!

“Ouchy – ka-pouchy!” cried monster! “This must be your mama and she sure is grouchy!” and a stream of purple and red color shot out from his horns.

Baby bird hopped up and down in monster’s hand. “No, mama, no!” he shook his little head and cried to the big bird. “This is my friend and he is going to help me get back to the nest! I falled off all by myself – he didn’t do it!”

Mama bird, who happened to be a robin, cocked her head from side to side trying to understand what her baby had just said. Then she puffed up her red breast a little bit, flipped her tail, took a big breath of air, looked right at monster – and said “Oh dear. I’m so sorry I called you a monster and pecked at you. I’ve been so worried about my little one here that I guess I just lost my head.”

“But, I yam a monster. . .” began little monster, which made mama bird flap her wings in fright. “Well, I wanna be scary – but scary I’m not. I like to do good things. I like that a lot!” and he sent out some pretty yellow and green polka dots just to make mama feel better.

“Now, let’s get to work, and I’ll do my best,” he said to mama, “to get your baby back home, if you’ll show me your nest.”

Mama bird looked up. With her beak she pointed up above the bushes to a tree branch overhead. “It’s up there,” she said with a sigh. “It’s really quite high.”

“Jeezle bubs!” exclaimed monster, looking up at the nest and then down at the little bird in his hand. “Whizzy nuts and jelly janny. . . we need help from my boy, Danny.”

Monster assured mama robin that her baby would be safe and sound with him as he backed out of the bushes – and almost bumped right into Danny!

“There you are – I’ve been looking for you!” declared Danny. “What are you doing in the bushes – and what is that in your hand? Oh monster, you didn’t take a baby bird out of its’ nest did you?!”

“Pie farts and cherry tarts!” answered monster. “This little guy needs you and me to help him gets where he needs to be. I may be a monster but I’m da best. I don’t take little birdies out of their nest!”

Little bird was peeping again, and hopping up and down in fright. He’d never been close to a human before and he wanted his mama again. “Woozie whoops, little dinky clown,” monster said gently to the baby bird. “It’s all okay – you just calm down.”

So Danny went off to get his daddy. Then daddy went to the garage and got a tall ladder to put up against the tree. And all the while mama robin was singing “They’re helping my baby. They’re helping me. They’re putting baby back up in the tree. Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp-eee!”

Daddy carefully took the little bird and climbed up the ladder to the nest. There were two other little birds cheeping and peeping in surprise and fright as they saw daddy approach with their brother.

Mama bird was right there too. She calmed her babies down and sang to them. “They’re helping us, they’re helping us. Settle down and don’t make a fuss. Chirp-chirp-chirp.”

Daddy gently placed the tiny bird into the nest. “You stay in there now until you’re big enough to fly. It’s a long way down to the ground,” daddy warned.

“I know, peep, peep. I know! I’ll stay here. I won’t go!” sang little bird happily as he snuggled in next to the other babies.
Mama bird was right close by, singing and chirping to her children. Happy to have her little one back in the nest.

As Daddy, Danny and monster were heading back to the house, up flew daddy robin with a big fat, juicy worm in his beak. “This is for the funny little guy who saved my baby,” sang the robin. “A tasty morsel to say thank you!”

Danny and Daddy were laughing to see the look on monsters face. “Fizzle warts and snarly pigs feet! Your fine gift is mighty sweet . . . but I thinks you’se better give it to your babies to eat! Your baby was fine. I liked him a lot. But fat juicy worms – well, I just think not.  Thank you, thank you anyways.”

Robin flew off to babies and nest. The guys and monster went inside to rest.

Figgle-giggle- icky- worms.  The end.

Danny’s Missing Monster Available Now!

Adventures and fun – at least for readers! A trip to the zoo can be a scary, hairy outing for a pesky little monster that decides to do some exploring on his own!

Pink flamingos, giant turtles, alligators, monkeys – who knows where monster goes? Or how he’ll get back to Danny . . ?

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Danny's Missing Monster - another fun monster adventure!
Danny’s Missing Monster – another fun monster adventure!

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Danny’s Missing Monster Coming Very Soon!

Missing? Where, oh where can that little monster be? He’s supposed to be in the back pack … but, he got bored and off he went.

Now, when you get lost at the Zoo, who knows what might happen to you? There are lots of scary animals that might get you – even if you are a “scary” little monster.

Scaryator - I don't wanna be lunch for an alligator!
Scaryator – I don’t wanna be lunch for an alligator!

It’s a fun story . . and monster learns some lessons along the way. Happy ending? You’ll see –

For frights and fun, be sure to get your copy of Danny’s Missing Monster. Up on Amazon kindle by Saturday, April 23rd. $2.99

Celebration Success! Over 270 downloads for Danny Books!

Many readers took advantage of the FREE day for the 3 current Danny Books! Both Danny’s Magic Monster and Danny’s Monster Mischief climbed to #5 in their categories! And many readers left wonderful reviews. Thanks to all readers and reviewers!!

Danny’s Dancing Socks remains FREE and can be downloaded at http://jcy.me/ipnw   This is a fun, rhyming bedtime story and is sure to get smiles and giggles from the kids!

All 3 of the Danny Books are also available in paperback … check it out on Amazon.

Thanks again for reading … and stay tuned for the next book  “Danny’s Monster Missing”

Where's the monster??
Where’s the monster??

 

April 5th – Danny Books FREE in kindle – Party Time!

In honor of author Janet Young’s birthday, April 5, all of the kindle Danny Books will be Free. Please download and enjoy!

Danny’s Magic Monster:  http://jcy.me/mgge

Danny’s Monster Mischief:  http://jcy.me/9zfp

Danny’s Dancing Socks:  http://jcy.me/ipnw

You are invited to share these links with others too! The goal is to get as many links as possible on April 5th and move up in the ranks in the kindle store!

Please help us do that. 😉

FYI – Danny’s Monster Mischief, the latest in the series, will be FREE for 3 days – April 4, 5, 6.

Coming Soon:   “Monster Missing” and “Monster Goes to School”  Lots of fun and adventures ahead for Danny and his monster friend!!

Thanks for reading and sharing!

Danny’s Magic Monster Special Easter Adventure

Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. . . Who’s in those bushes . . ?!

Danny was helping his daddy rake up leaves from their yard. It was spring cleanup time and the day before Easter. The weather was warm and sunny – a wonderful day to be outside! Monster was outside too, watching Danny and wondering what sort of fun he could have if he just jumped into the leaf pile – kerplunk! And then he’d scatter the leaves all around – aw-oh-dee-dum-dee-funk.

But then monster heard a little noise. Sniff, sniff, sniff . . . coming from under the lilac bushes along the fence. “Sniffle-snurk, sniffle-chat,” he asked Danny. “Did you hear that?”

“Hear what, monster?” Danny replied. “I’m busy right now. I didn’t hear anything.” And Danny kept right on raking the leaves into a pile, making a scrape, scrape, scrape sound on the grass.

So monster flipped a couple of somersaults and wandered off to where he thought he heard the noise. Then he stopped and stood very quiet, listening.

He heard birds chirping. He heard a car drive by on the street. He heard an airplane up in the sky. He heard the scrape, scrape, scrape of Danny’s rake. And then – he heard it again, sniff, sniff, sniff, coming out from under the bushes.

“Snick-a-picka-din-din,” he said to the bushes. “Whatever it is – I’m coming in!” and he stepped into the bushes, parting the branches as best he could.

Sniff, sniff, sob – Monster looked down and on the ground next to the bush he saw a furry little creature with a pink nose and long, floppy ears sitting by a big basket full of white eggs.

“Oh goodness, oh dear! Who is you and why’s you here?” the monster asked in surprise… He’d never seen a bunny before – and this little guy was really sad.

The startled little bunny looked at the funny creature that had burst into the bushes and wasn’t quite sure if he should laugh – or run away fast!

“Oh please,” he sobbed. “Don’t hurt me – or my eggs. I’m an Easter bunny but I’ve lost my colors and I don’t know what to do. I’m supposed to hide colored eggs for the children for Easter, but – but – but,” and the little rabbit started to cry harder than before! “They’re just white and the children won’t like them!”

Monster looked at the sad bunny and the eggs. Then, in an instant, he knew just what to do. “Little fuzzle-wunky-flipity-ears, quit your snifflin’ – stop the tears.  I won’t harm ya. Have no fears.  Now if you help me, blippity-blew, I think I have a fix for you.”

The bunny’s eyes grew big and round. He wiped away a tear with his paw and wiggled his whiskers with excitement. “Oh, do you have my colors? Do you know where they are?”

“Flippy-fuzy-clippety-bone. I got’s colors of my own.” Said monster and then he told the bunny to tickle him!

“Whaa -?” said the surprised bunny. “Tickle you?!”

“Just do it little fur-ball!” demanded monster and he bent over toward the bunny. “You’ll see some for-pickle-pie-donkle-hippy-duppy monster magic.”

The bunny flicked his long ears and they rubbed on the monster’s nose. He flicked them again and monster began to giggle – and COLORS shot out from the monster! Beautiful, rainbow colors that went up into the bushes – and down into the basket of eggs!

Bunny flopped his ears harder – whoosh, swhoosh – on the monster’s face and tummy. Colors went everywhere! Monster was laughing. Bunny started to laugh. He looked into his basket with amazement -the white eggs were now beautiful, multi-colored eggs!

“Wow!” cried the happy bunny, thumping his feet and wiggling his nose with excitement. “You’ve colored my eggs! You are magic! Wheee! Thank you, thank you!!”

Just then, monster heard Danny calling “Monster – monster! Where are you monster?”

“Fizzy-fuzzy-eggy-I got’s to shake a leggy,” said monster to the bunny. “Now no more sniffle-snuffle. You just do the happy bunny shuffle!” And with a big grin, monster EXPLODED out of the bushes and rolled his way up to Danny.

“Where have you been? I’ve been looking all over for you.” Said Danny. “Look the yard is all clean. Now maybe the Easter Bunny will hide some eggs for us on Easter. Do you think he might?”

“Yuppy-ker-chuppy, fuzzy-flop-poo. I thinks the bunny will bring eggs for you” monster said with a wink and a very big grin. “I bet he brings some eggs with pretty colors too!”

Happy Easter! Fizzle-winks and fuzzy-wuzzy!

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It’s Available Now . . Monster Mischief !

Have you been waiting waiting for the next adventure with Danny and his magic monster?

Danny Book 3
Monster Mischief

This book # 3 in the Danny series is now up on amazon kindle store ! http://jcy.me/9zfp

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Will Danny really use monster to scare his sister Molly? And, if he does, how will she react? Find out the answers and get another great little book to read to the kids!

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