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The King of Bees

Lester L. Laminack, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)


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A gentle intergenerational tale for young readers about the importance of patience and the fascinating work of beekeeping. From award-winning author Lester Laminack and celebrated illustrator Jim Lamarche.

"A gentle tale full of Southern charm... LaMarche's] ink-and-watercolor spreads are light and dreamy, with evocative sunrise shades and detailed looks at beekeeping equipment and the bees themselves." --Publishers Weekly

"Informative and visually dazzling." --School Library Journal

Henry wants nothing more than to be like his Aunt Lilla and work with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm. He watches her every day, working hard outside in her bee suit, but what amazes him the most is her ability to communicate with the bees. Henry feels certain he can, too. Then one day, Aunt Lilla tells him the bees are preparing to leave the hive and may leave the farm entirely. Henry believes it is up to him to communicate with the bees and convince them to stay, before it's too late.

An author's note includes additional information about bees and bee conservation.

Teacher's Guide available

Peachtree Publishing Company, 9781561459537, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2018