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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, children learn the value of interconnectedness from Mother Nature in new children’s book, Cate And The Garden Bandits By Betsy Coffeen.

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Cate And The Garden Bandits

With vibrant illustrations by Ginger Seehafer, Cate And The Garden Bandits By Betsy Coffeen sees a garden-tending butterfly and her charismatic bug besties learn valuable lessons about the interconnectedness of Mother Nature.

When Cate, a curious and compassionate butterfly, is jostled out of a daydream, she finds herself face-to-face with a fuzzy stranger, who buzzes away before the two have a chance to chat. When Cate notices that the flower petals are missing from her garden, she begins to wonder if the bumblebee is stealing the petals!

What follows is an adventure to an opening in a maple tree where Cat finds out that this mysterious and somewhat frightening bumblebee is not a thief at all but rather a kind-hearted creature who needs the petals to feed his family. Cate also learns that the flower-hopping “bandit” pollinates the plants to help them grow stronger and more beautiful.

Cate And The Garden Bandits is intended for elementary school-age children, incorporating general science facts to drive home the impact that the world’s tiniest creatures have on the survival of the planet. The story also introduces more challenging vocabulary words for enrichment and to accommodate the learning loss that occurred during the early days of the pandemic.

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Cate and the Garden Bandits highlights the importance of interdependence and inclusion. In our ever-growing global world, these are becoming more and more important themes, where every individual counts and is equal in value.

Children are so teachable at this age. Research has consistently demonstrated the importance of early childhood, from birth to age 6, as the most formative years,” Coffeen said in an interview with Story Monsters Ink magazine. “If we can teach young children how our world and everything in it is interconnected along with this concept of empathy, it will help create a kinder future world.

-Betsy Coffeen

Betsy Coffeen

Betsy Coffeen on The Table Read Magazine
Betsy Coffeen

Author, mom, philanthropist and lifelong learner Betsy Coffeen spent many childhood hours in her room writing stories that she published under her own press.

She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and returned to school during the pandemic to finish her Master of Science degree in psychology from ASU.

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Coffeen spent the last two decades of her life raising her three children and volunteering for Childhelp, a national nonprofit aimed at preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. She held many board positions and fundraising roles and was honored with the Childhelp Helping Hand Award for her decades of dedication to philanthropy. When she is not writing, running or practicing yoga, she enjoys spending time at home with her teenage children, husband, two dogs and cat.

Ginger Seehafer

Ginger Seehafer is a commercial illustrator who resides and works in the Chicago suburbs. She loves working from her home studio, surrounded by her family, friends and her crew of pets. Ginger enjoys volunteering and teaching local students how to create art for themselves when she isn’t working on commercial storyboards.

Story Monsters Press

Story Monsters Press, an imprint of Story Monsters LLC, is a publisher of children’s books that offer hope, value differences and build character. Each book also includes a curriculum guide complementing the story for parents and educators to use with young readers. Story Monsters LLC also publishes the award-winning Story Monsters Ink magazine.

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