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Lady Flatterley February 25, 2008

  

This book is about a unique caterpillar named Lady Flatterley. It was Lady Flatterley’s dream to become a butterfly, not knowing all along this was already God’s great plan for her.

Unbeknownst to Lady Flatterley, the process required some work on her part to build a cocoon! This story follows one of God’s little miracles as she transforms into what God had in store for her. God has great plans for each one of us too, just like He did for Lady Flatterley.

Excerpt:

Lady Flatterley

 

Way up high in the tall oak tree,

Lived a caterpillar named Lady Flatterley.

She hid amongst the leaves all day long,

Hoping she’d be safe from wind that was strong.

 

Flatterley’s home was made out of leaves,

All snuggled inside, she felt safe as safe could be.

Her coat was soft and beautiful, her friends would say,

Orange and black on her back, so pretty she was made.

 

One day while hiding in the tall oak tree,

Lady Flatterley felt the flutter of a gentle breeze.

She peeked out through the dark green leaves,

Was only the bumble bee for Flatterley to see.

 

His coat was like her coat, though different in color…

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PUBLISHER PRESS RELEASE:

“New Children’s Book Helps Kids Face Fears”

September 25, 2008, Denver, CO and Cape Canaveral, FL – Christian author Linda Wagner announces her first with more to come of children’s titles, Lady Flatterley, published through Outskirts Press. This story takes children through the metaphorical journey of a caterpillar that eventually becomes a butterfly, and in so doing faces some of the fears that plague children and adults alike – the fear of failure and the fear of change.

Wagner chooses to use one of “God’s little miracles in nature” – the caterpillar – to illustrate her message in a way that children can readily understand. She wants them to know that even though they may be shy or fearful of change, nothing should stand in the way of their dreams. The fear of failure is often a roadblock preventing people from achieving their goals, and Wagner wants children to learn at an early age to overcome that fear. Change is difficult, but Lady Flatterley, Wagner’s caterpillar, gently gives her young audience the message that the effort is worth it.

Lady Flatterley begins her journey of transformation by building a cocoon. This starts a chain of events in her life that will eventually allow her dream of becoming a butterfly to come true – which was God’s plan all along.

Now you have seen
How butterflies are made
Caterpillar to cocoon, then to butterfly
’Tis God’s loving way

ISBN: 978-1-4327-3233-2
Format: 8 ½ x 11 color paperback
SRP: $22.95
Genre: Children’s

About the Author: Linda Wagner, RN has been a registered nurse for 29 years and is in the process of writing other books. She considers herself a spiritual person and writes books that are not only educational and motivational, but that also reflect God’s character in the story. Her inspiration comes from her children and grandchildren, her most precious audience.

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 REVIEWS:

BEAUTIFUL STORY AND BOOK. QUITE UNIQUE – November 8, 2008

Lady Flatterley by Linda Wagner and Illustrated by Pearl L. Ollie is perhaps one of the most uniquely written and illustrated works for children I have had the pleasure of reading in some time now. The author has been able to work in several nice little life lessons, using verse form, which is not only reassuring in a sweet mellow way, but quite informative and will be a delight to any child. It allows the adult to introduce all sorts of discussion, something I always look for in a child’s book.

Lady Flatterley, our heroine, enters the story as a fuzzy caterpillar hiding among the leaves in a tall oak tree. She is fearful of the wind and obviously of the busy life that is going on around her. She wants to see things, to experience life, but to be frank, she is fearful. The author then takes us on the journey that transforms this caterpillar, thorough the process of preparing her cocoon and eventually, after a long cold winter, transforming in to a free and beautiful butterfly. She receives help, advice and information from helpful creatures around her during her metamorphosis from childhood to an adult.

What wonderful messages there are in this little work for all children! First they are taught that fear of the unknown is really wasted fear, that nature or God has a plan for all of us, and if we trust and let life develop naturally; then we will be much better off for it. The child is taught that change is a natural process, one that all living things go through and that it is a normal life process and one that should be looked forward to. Ms. Wagner has done a very nice job of documenting and teaching the life cycle of a butterfly, so we have a nice little biology lesson thrown in for good measure. The child is also taught, in a rather round about way, that there are really no free lunches, and that good things must be worked for; that we must participate in our own maturation process for it to work.

Now some of these lessons will need to be pointed out to the child by the adult reading the book, which when you think about it, is the job and responsibility of the adult anyway. This is a good thing.

The art work in this book is something to behold. Each page is covered with vivid and contrasting colors which blend perfectly and go precisely with the text. A technique which I have seen before has been used here where the back ground has been accomplished via digital photography and imagery by Jerry Hanzi. The artist, Pearl L. Olive, has superimposed her work over this and blended it perfectly. While familiar with this technique, I must say that it has been used here more effectively than in most works I have reviewed.

All in all, the writing here is great, the illustrations go beyond impressive, and the overall message of the story is invaluable. This is a great read-a-long book, or one for just the child to ponder on his or her own. I do highly recommend this one! Let us hope we hear more from this author!

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW – November 8, 2008

Linda Wagner writes Christian childrens books so this book obviously has some religious themes. Lady Flatterley is anxious to become a butterfly so that she can finally leave her hiding place on a tree limb. It turns out that becoming a butterfly is a little bit more work than Lady Flatterley expected. Everything works out in the end when Lady Flatterley realizes that becoming a butterfly was part of God’s plan for her.

Overall I thought that is was a cute book. Personally I  am not a very religious person, but I think that this would be a good book for Christian parents who want to teach their children about God.

sharonann
Sharon Loves Books and Cats

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Lady Flatterley is a caterpillar who lives high in the tall oak tree and through her vision of the world and rhyming prose, children will learn about the stages of life. 

Lady Flatterley has dreamed of being a beautiful butterfly her entire life. Her friends seem to love her just the way she is with a soft coat of orange and black, but Lady Flatterley wants to fly high on the breeze.

One day a butterfly lands on Lady Flatterley’s branch in the oak tree. The butterfly tells her that one day she too will be a beautiful butterfly.

The gorgeous illustrations and cleaver rhymes will delight children with the story of Lady Flatterley and her transformation from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly.

In addition to being a mother of two and the grandmother of five, Linda Wagner is also a RN. Her family was her inspiration in writing this wonderful book. Lady Flatterley would make a perfect Christmas gift for that favorite child in your life. 

Bobbi’s Book Nook 

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A parable of the struggles that nature intended us to engage in
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 November 8, 2008

As people change over time, two things drive their destiny. Their goals and actions and what nature has dictated they develop into. When we are young, we look around us and see other creatures doing things that we cannot. This causes us to dream and imagine that we too will someday be able to do what those creatures do. Sometimes that is impossible, for example the clumsy man of 5′ 7″ will not be a star in the National Basketball Association. However, nature has a plan for us and it is very possible that we will grow into what we want to be. That growth must be on our own, there are some things that we just have to do ourselves; nature has intended that it remain a personal struggle.  

This book is a parable of that natural struggle. Lady Flatterly is a caterpillar that resides high in a tree and she is fearful and hopeful. She is afraid that the wind will blow her out of the tree and she is hopeful when she sees the beautiful butterflies. Their freedom to move about is something she aspires to, and when a butterfly comes to rest on her branch, she is told that her destiny is to become a butterfly.

When the summer turns to fall, nature takes its’ course and Lady Flatterly spins a tight cocoon. When spring arrives, she must battle her way out of the cocoon and after her wings dry up, she is able to fly. In the course of her flight, she encounters a reflective window and for the first time realizes what she has become. Lady Flatterly now understands that nature had intended for her to become the beautiful creature that she is.

Colorfully illustrated, this tale takes children on a simple journey to the beauty of destiny. We all will physically become what nature has intended us to be, it is our task to appreciate the wonder of it all and make something of it. While it might take some adult direction for children to see this, the message is clear and valuable.

Charles Ashbacker

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LADY FLATTERLEY WILL MAKE A GREAT STOCKING STUFFER
– November 10, 2008

I reviewed a wonderful book by Linda L Wagner. The title is Lady Flatterly and I posted the review on my group’s page, Book Reviewers and my page too! I will add it to the Gaslight Writers site, http://www.gaslightwriters.synthasite.com. I hope everyone takes time to read it and considers buying the book. It is motivating, inspirational, and full of beautiful stained glass quality artwork. The lessons learned from the book can help children learn about themselves and life. I give the book a high thumbs up!

Patti McQuillen
Book Place

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Lady Flatterley is a sweet, yet timid, caterpillar who appears to be afraid of life itself.  She hides all day in a tall oak tree, in a home made of leaves, watching the world go by. She wants to have more in life, but her fears hold her back.

One day a beautiful butterfly visits her. Lady Flatterley is in awe at his beauty and his freedom. He explains to her that he too was once a caterpillar until the time came for him to make his cocoon. He explains how this will keep her safe and warm until it is time for her to break free, and once she does, she too will live a different life than the fearful one she has now.

Lady Flatterley didn’t totally understand all that was told to her, but soon it came to pass and she was tucked safely in her cocoon as the winter roared.  Finally it was time for her to come out, but poor Lady Flatterley didn’t seem able to break her cocoon. Others wanted to help, but knew that God wanted Lady Flatterley to learn to survive on her own. Once she achieves this, she gives thanks to God and begins to enjoy the life she was meant to live.

What a wonderful book.  Through the life of Lady Flatterley children will learn that there are always some obstacles in life that we must overcome to come to a place the Lord wants us to be.  The work shows that fear often tries to make us step back and not move forward to a better place, but if we trust God we will be victorious.
Illustrations are very colorful, well defined, and definitely bring the story to life. A great tale with educational and spiritual. Recommended.

Shirley Johnson/Senior Reviewer
MidWest Book Review

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A colorful tale of evolving identity and beauty - November 9, 2008

Who knew a caterpillar could be so self-conscious?

In this adorable, well-illustrated tale, Wagner’s yellow jacket caterpillar Lady Flatterley longs for the wings that many a friend and passerby ride the winds on, but is a bit afraid of leaving the safety of her leafy nest and unaware of what to do to obtain her own wings. A knowledgeable butterfly informs her of the wonder of the cocoon, and soon, though not without trouble, Flatterley bears a pair of wings all her own.

The colorful, whimsical illustrations by Pearl Ollie add a child-like grace to the fluent rhymes, while photographer Jerry Hanzl’s cloudy backdrops add an undeniably beautiful canvas for the story. Further, Ollie’s additions of emotional expression to each present creature, whether fish or flyer, had relatable, human-like qualities to otherwise strange, placid nature-dwellers.

An excellent read for the children of youth and the children of heart.

Lori Robson

 

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