Bees offer life lessons for the whole family

Bees have long fascinated me as I watch them studiously hovering around garden plants. Although if they get too close for comfort, I tend to try to dodge their sting.

As a child, far too many picnics were fraught with ruination by wasps and that made me wary of all flying insects with a capacity to cause harm to humans.

I love what bees have been teaching me about developing patient perseverance, although I’ve not fully mastered the art. It will probably take me a lifetime. You can read about that here…

Patience is sorely tried and tested in the throes of daily life and we need an anchor for the soul to keep us stable.

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As a grandma and avid reader, one of my favourite forms of snuggling up with my grandson is to read books to him.

A new book about bees came to my attention recently and it was a delight to read it myself before he is old enough to truly appreciate it.

I look forward to sharing it with him in due time. Meanwhile, you can have a sneak preview here with an excerpt from my review.

Why a children’s book? Do I need an excuse? They’re great fun to read at any age.

I find them illuminating in the way they teach children how to understand and relate to the world around them. Revisiting childhood classics is a wonderful way to savour them anew; and I’ve never been able to resist a new book, either.

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The capacity for educational instruction is brought out strongly in ‘Bugaboo Bees Bop: Patience for the Prize’ by Kathryn Ross. Just click on the image below to read all about it.

It’s book 2 in the Fable Springs Parables – a picture books/study/video/audio series from Pageant Wagon Publicity –  and is ideal for family literacy,  introducing biblical life principles, poetic appreciation and general reading enjoyment.

Review except

“Within these beautifully illustrated pages, readers are invited into ‘Fable Springs’, an imaginary English village where the action takes place. A tale is told in rhythm and rhyme with cadences children can quickly catch onto and begin to memorize.

Here you will find interweaving of one little bee’s story with life lessons applicable to all. The major theme is centred on developing patience for the prize with contentment, and making bitter things sweet by willing cooperation and obedience. From the very beginning we are invited to see ourselves within the text as “familiar fabled friends” provide “a legacy of beauty, truth and right/ A plan for life I’ll pursue with all my might.”

There are multiple layers of learning to be discovered while savouring the pleasures of poetry, engaging with Bugaboo-Bee’s story and enjoying the musical accompaniment of the dramatised companion CD audio book. It can be listened to at the same time as reading the book or as an additional stand-alone resource.

A child’s vocabulary is expanded by assimilation and repetition of unfamiliar words over time, and enriched by the detailed ‘NewBees’ glossary at the back of the book. You will also discover extra resources such as ‘Fascinating Facts From The Beehive’ which build on and enlarge understanding. In addition, there are ideas for further reflection, discussion topics and extra study aids..”

Hope you liked my little leap into children’s literature. Maybe those of you who are mothers of young children, aunties or grandmas will be inspired to check out the rest of the book’s details and my full review here. It’s suggested for children age 6 – 12. I’ve found that all ages enjoy a rhyme and younger ones will appreciate being read the story too.

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4 thoughts on “Bees offer life lessons for the whole family”

  1. Sounds like a sweet read, Joy! If you’re looking for another bee book, although not a children’s book, I read The Keeper of the Bees (by Gene Stratton-Porter) for the first time last year and fell in love. Praying for sun rays through window panes that brighten and warm your days, my friend 🙂

    1. Yes it is, like a dose of honey for the soul. I’ve downloaded a sample of the book you mentioned. It looks intriguing. Maybe one to savour slowly in the summer months because I’ve got quite a backlog to read first. Thanks for the recommendation. This is a rather cool, grey rainy day in the UK, but with brief snatches of sunshine peeking through the clouds. Your sweet words here help warm my heart and my days. Bless you, friend. 🙂

  2. This book sounds like a delightful read for any age, Joy. It must have been therapeutic to read it. 🙂 Oh, isn’t it just so cosy to cuddle with a grandchild and read them a book? Most of my grandkids are growing out of it, but there’s still a couple of them who still love to cuddle and show me that they can read now. 🙂 We’re kind of changing roles a bit. 🙂 Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Yes, Trudy, reading this children’s book was a therapeutic, refreshing change from my usual heavier reading matter, although there are life lessons to be found in it too. I so enjoy snuggling with my little grandson when he is being compliant enough to sit still for a while! And I also look forward to the day when he will want to join in and read to me too. It sounds like your grandchildren are trying to teach you a few things now. They’re a joy, aren’t they? Blessings to you, dear friend. 🙂 x

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