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Meet the Author

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 ( 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.

About the book

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. Perfect for shared reading in and out of the classroom, The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed is also a great gift for anyone who loves butterflies and wants to join in the mission to save them. The story engages readers, teaching them intriguing facts about the butterfly lifecycle and the challenges butterflies face, through a heartwarming, fictional approach. There are plenty of "soft-skill" teachable moments about having a can-do spirit and how everyone can take things one day at a time in order make a big difference. This is all done in a light, fun, and magical way through enchanting characters.

A Conversation with Tarisa Parrish

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