Book Blurb: The Monarch and the Moth is a short story about change and how it affects lives.

Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of another species. Then imagine hearing their voices. Young children in this story have no problem with such imaginations. They learn to embrace the change that comes with the gift of life.

The author initially penned this story as a holiday gift to his grandchildren. The allegory morphed over time and found an expanded audience that includes readers young and old.

The caterpillar characters in this story, like the tadpoles in a prequel book, go through change. The human characters who observe them experience change. Readers are challenged to consider the changes that impact their lives.


About the Author : Vincent James Vezza is the first-born son of a career military officer. He grew up on Army bases around the world. Following graduate and post-graduate studies, Vincent established a career in education, publishing, and writing.

He wrote his debut novel, The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek and sequel novella, Neverborn under the pseudonym of Jackson Badgenoone. He penned short stories including The Cranny and The Monarch and the Moth under his given name.







  • Do you think that caterpillars are aware of the change that will transform them into a butterfly or a moth?
  • How would you explain that kind of change to youngsters in your family?
  • What is the most challenging change that you experienced?
  • How would you encourage others to deal with change?

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No I do not think caterpillars realize the changes that take place.  They do not have a brain that functions like an adult brain.  From the glorious gift of nature and God's creation, their transformation happens over time.  

I don't think that caterpillars know about the change that will take place, but can only imagine what it would be like if they did! I also don't think they know the change has taken place, but it would sure be a shock to go to sleep and then wake up as someone totally different!

Soon after I got married, we had to move to a large city. I'd lived in the same small town all my life until then. It was a big adjustment for me. We were just going to stay for a few years, but ended up staying 30 years! When my husband retired, we moved back near where I grew up, and we love it here. I love the slower pace.

The serenity prayer is a great way to deal with change. So I would remind them to pray for wisdom, acceptance, or courage to either accept or try to change the situation. 

No, i don't think catepillars are aware, but i also don't think they are afraid of it either. I think God just gives them the instinct to do what they need to do.

The most challenging change that I experienced was escaping an abusive marriage and moving 900 miles away with two children to my sister. 

Do you think that caterpillars are aware of the change that will transform them into a butterfly or a moth?

No, I don't. I can picture them simply falling asleep and then awakening as a new creature.

One of the most challenging thing I have experienced is learning to live without my twin. She has always been there for me in the good and bad times. She was the first person I called when I am excited or scared about something. She talked me off the ledge so many times. It is hard to have the urge to call her and cannot follow through. I miss her every single day. She was one of the best.

Sonnetta, your reply so touched my heart. As the father of twins, I observed the special bond between my twin daughters. I attempted to capture that relationship in several of my stories. 

I do not believe caterpillars are aware of the change.  I believe they do what they do on extinct.  Interesting question!

(1) No, I don't think caterpillars are aware of that change.



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