Local author fascinates kids

Posted June 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm


Susan Langerock Schuldt, who grew up between Marion and Monroe, never thought she would be an author, much less an author with a book deal. But, that is exactly what happened after the woman wrote a book in 2012 to tell the story of “Bessie”, a monarch butterfly that did not fully develop.

“I wrote the book because I wanted to tell Bessie’s story,” said Schuldt.

“I never thought it would lead to a book deal. I am just a person who took my interest and am walking through the door of opportunity,” she continued.

Schuldt was in Parker last month, just before school dismissed for the summer to explain to first through fourth graders the life of a butterfly. Schuldt had been invited to the school by friend and librarian Kathy Rand.

During a slide show Schuldt talked about finding caterpillars and watching them go through the different stages of metamorphosis. She also took dozens of questions from the Parker grade school students who were fascinated by the information and the presentation.

Schuldt’s book, The Secret World of a Monarch’s Metamorphosis is available online, at the Butterfly House in Sioux Falls, Crossroads Bookstore and she also personally sells them.

The book, full of information and details about monarch’s metamorphosis includes photos never seen before due to a “window” in the chrysalis of a caterpillar.

“The best part of all of this has been meeting the people and hearing their stories. Everyone loves butterflies,” said Schuldt.