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“The monarch butterfly is in peril and spiraling downward. Our children will determine whether the monarch makes a comeback or becomes one of North America’s rarest butterflies. It is vitally important that children are aware of the problems that monarchs face and how we can all help—even children. This delightful book does exactly that and should be on the bookshelf of every child! Tarisa Parrish has seamlessly woven fact with fiction to create a story of importance, charisma, and hope for monarch butterflies in the future.” —Dr. David G. James, Associate Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology, Washington State University

Save the monarchs!

Johnny Butterflyseed and his fairy friend, Raven Silverwing, embark on a mission to save the rapidly disappearing butterflies. They enlist the help of Queen Venus Goldwing and her kingdom of monarchs to educate and inspire kids to become butterfly farmers. At first, Johnny faces his own internal struggle with self-doubt and fear in his ability to make a difference, but then soon develops a mindset that allows him to not only get started, but also make progress one day at a time. Through challenge after challenge, Johnny learns that he is not alone in his mission and that there are many people who want to help. Together, Johnny, Raven, and Queen Venus educate thousands of children on becoming butterfly farmers.

Tarisa Parrish is known as an accomplished butterfly farmer. She and her partner, Michael Vera, live in central Florida and own an online education and retail store called Johnny Butterflyseed (johnnybutterflyseed.com). The site engages new butterfly farmers, teaching them about the butterfly lifecycles, growing butterfly gardens, and how to get involved with nonprofit organizations focused on saving butterflies. Tarisa prides herself on being a citizen scientist with a lifetime passion for nature, as well as a powerful advocate for its preservation and the saving of endangered species. She is also a seasoned executive with particular expertise in business transformation, M&A integration, innovation, change management, and leadership development. Currently a consultant, Tarisa was previously an executive at Best Buy for nearly a decade, where she was a key leader in the transformation of the company.

"A lovely and accurate ecological message for current and future generations. These connections to nature, as crucial to our own wellbeing as humans on this planet, are expressed with thoughtfulness and creativity in this story." 

– Sam Henderson, Mayor, City of Gulfport, Florida, and "'NWF Mayors' Monarch Pledge" Signatory

"Overreliance on pesticides have driven Monarch butterflies to the edge of extinction. They must be protected under federal law, under the Endangered Species Act, and we as a society must reject the chemical industry's future for our food, and instead adopt a more sustainable one. Ms. Parrish's book does vital public service in teaching the next generation these important lessons." 

– George Kimbrell, Legal Director, Center for Food Safety

"I had a monarch butterfly once that I raised just like Johnny Butterflyseed did! I really enjoyed the story of saving the monarch butterflies and teaching other kids how to raise and care for them. I think monarch butterflies are important because they are so beautiful and teach us about our world." 

– Isla McKinnon, Age 8, Minnesota

"Many of my earliest childhood memories include butterflies teasing me in the air as they remained just beyond my reach. By the time I was in college, they were a rare sighting. Johnny Butterflyseed's adventures remind us of the need and the protection we must provide to see butterflies become prolific once again! I applaud the comfortable, engaging way this book provides to secure that certain future!" 

– Mayor Bill Mutz, City of Lakeland, Florida, and "'NWF Mayors' Monarch Pledge" Signatory

"The monarch butterfly is in peril and spiraling downward. Our children will determine whether the monarch makes a comeback or becomes one of North America's rarest butterflies. It is vitally important that children are aware of the problems that monarchs face and how we can all help—even children. This delightful book does exactly that and should be on the bookshelf of every child! Tarisa Parrish has seamlessly woven fact with fiction to create a story of importance, charisma, and hope for monarch butterflies in the future."  

– Dr. David G. James, Associate Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology, Washington State University

"The monarch is in trouble. We need help saving our disappearing butterflies. At Save Our Monarchs Organization, our goal is to restore natural monarch butterfly habitats by planting milkweed seeds and bringing back the monarch population. We could not be more delighted with the beautiful story Tarisa Parrish brings to life in The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed, because it helps children understand what can be done to help save the monarch butterfly. She beautifully weaves a tale that brings fantasy and fact into a clear message that empowers children to help restore the natural habitat and ultimately save our monarchs! This book makes an excellent gift for any child who loves butterflies." 

– Ward Johnson, Founder, Save Our Monarchs Organization

"The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed is a beautiful and magical story every child must read! This book shows kids how to have a dream and work toward it, the importance of getting help from others and working together to accomplish our goals, and how to hold a vision for a better more sustainable future. It's a must read!" 

– Jaya Jaya Myra, Bestselling Author and Mind Body Wellness Expert

"Reading Tarisa Parrish's book The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed brought me back to first grade, where my teacher Mrs. Bum Gardner taught our class how to raise the Monarch butterfly. Little did I know, this experience would begin a lifelong passion and become my profession! The simple lessons in life that are so beautifully explained in the story can change the world of the Monarch butterfly. Butterfly Dan's Farm will proudly display the book where thousands of children will have the opportunity to be inspired by the story!" 

– Dan Dunwoody, Founder and Owner of Butterfly Dan's, Kissimmee, Florida