The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter

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The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter

17.99

written and illustrated by Shabazz Larkin

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

Hardcover: $17.99, 32 pages, ISBN 978-0998047799

Pub Date: August 2019

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A LOVE POEM FROM A FATHER TO HIS TWO SONS, AND A TRIBUTE TO THE BEES THAT POLLINATE THE FOODS WE LOVE TO EAT.

"Sometimes bees can be a bit rude.
They fly in your face and prance on your food."

And yet… without bees, we might not have strawberries for shortcakes or avocados for tacos!

Shabazz Larkin’s The Thing About Bees is a Norman Rockwell-inspired Sunday in the park, a love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat.

Children are introduced to different kinds of bees, “how not to get stung,” and how the things we fear are often things we don’t fully understand.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shabazz Larkin made his illustrator debut with FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLEand his author/illustrator with A MOOSE BOOSH: A FEW CHOICE WORDS ABOUT FOOD. Both were named Notable Children's books by the American Library Association. He is also an advertising creative director and multi-disciplinary artist, painting vibrant portraiture on canvas, typographic printing techniques and film. He is most known for his “Black Magic” collection, a series of portraits that capture the beauty of resilience in black culture. He lives in Nashville, TN. SHABAZZLARKIN.COM


EDITORIAL REVIEW

"Kids and bees can be rambunctious, but of course we need them both. Larkin's playful father-son story gathers up the sweetness of life with unconditional love."―Javaka Steptoe, Winner, Caldecott Medal, Radiant Child, Coretta Scott King Award, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall

FROM THE AUTHOR

I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT BEES
I wrote this book because I have a ridiculous fear of bees.
When my sons were born I didn’t want to pass my fear to 
them, so I set out to discover all I could about the little buzzers.

I learned three things about bees. First, I learned that every living creature has a special part to play in the world, that includes you. Second, whenI learn more about a scary thing, the thing feels less scary to me. Third, I researched which bees and wasps are kind and which are kinda mean. I made a guide to help you see the difference, too. 

It's brave to try to understand the things that scare us. Now, go be brave. 

Love, 
Shabazz