A new notice at the entrance to the meadow

Extract from my book, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

I’m in the process of receiving the final illustrations for my new Busy Bee story, Busy Bee and the Silent Spring. Named after Rachel Carson’s ground breaking book, in this story the bees and other creatures of the meadow have to fight a farmer using banned pesticides.

The original Busy Bee book is available from Amazon or as a pdf from Junagarh Media  

Here’e the extract:

They both left the hive, the Wise Old Bee huffing and puffing as she did so. Bea wondered how they could fly so slowly without falling out of the sky. It took quite some time to get to the gate, with the Wise Old Bee having to stop on several plants and bushes along the way for a rest.

Bea and Wise Old Bee read the new notice.

At last they arrived at the entrance and the Wise Old Bee set about reading the notice, carefully, including the very small print at the bottom. It was very bad news for all of the living things in the area. They did not have long, the application to build houses had already been placed before the council. Because it was just another meadow there might not be anyone who was prepared to contest the planning application.



Review – Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

As part of my plan to promote this first in the series of my Busy Bee stories I contacted a large number of Facebook groups. One group called the Texas Pollinator Powwow group Facebook page gave it this very nice review. I am interested in working with any groups involved in teaching and the environment. I will supply the pdf of the story for free as long as it is not used for commercial purposes. In addition I will donate a part of any sale to a charity or organisation of your choice. If you as a charity or organisation promote my book and help the sales I am more than happy to donate that percentage to you.

The story is available as a printed book or eBook from Amazon and as a pdf from Junagarh Media


The Meadow – the home of Busy bee

Extract from my book, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

In one of the old oak trees a bee hive could be found and Beatriz the honey bee lived here. Winter had been a time for the bees to all huddle together to keep the hive and themselves warm. Now winter had been shaken off they returned to their work of pollinating flowers and collecting nectar. Beatriz, as always, was excited and ready early for the spring when it arrived.

The meadow

Beatriz or Bea to everyone who knew her, was a good worker bee, and during the warmer months she collected lots of nectar, much more than the other bees. The Queen Bee was always very pleased with Bea as she worked the hardest out of all of them in the hive. Bea enjoyed her work as there were so many flowers to take a nectar drink and collect the pollen from. This allowed the bees to make more than enough honey to keep themselves fed during the cold winter months. During this cold time of the year the bees lived off the honey that they had made and stored during the warmer seasons.

This book is available from Amazon or as a pdf from Junagarh Media  


The farmer and the bumblebee

This is an illustration drawn by Alice for my new story called Busy Bee and the Silent Spring  that is all about Bea and her friends trying to discover why all the inhabitants of the meadow are feeling unwell. This leads them to a bad farmer who is using banned pesticides. In this illustration a good farmer picks up a bumblebee pretending to be ill. I am still searching for an agent or publisher but it appears as if I will have to go down the self publishing route.  In the meantime the original first adventure, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow, is available on Amazon as a printed book or eBook.

Farmer and bumble 900

Here is the cover from the first story.

Twitter image with story title

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

Currently I am trying to find an agent or publisher to take on my latest story with Busy Bee the main character. It is called Busy Bee and the Silent Spring. I will self publish it through Amazon if I cannot obtain a contract. This is the cover illustration by the very talented Alice Wright of the original story. In Endangered Meadow the bees have to unite the meadow’s inhabitants to stop some developers building houses all over it. In Silent Spring the bees have to work out how to stop a farmer using pesticides. I used Silent Spring in the title because of the ground breaking book written by Rachel Carson in 1962. She was fighting Monsanto then so in a way very little has changed. We need bees for our own survival and through my books I try to show to the younger generation how important they are. There is a link below to purchase the original story.

Twitter image with story title

The first story featuring Bea, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow is available on Amazon in eBook or printed form.

A pdf of the story is available from www.junagarhmedia.co.uk

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – A Meeting with the Queen

An illustration by Alice Wright where Bea meets with the queen in the story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. The story is about how Bea comes up with aningenious plan to save the meadow being built over by some greedy developers and a corrupt council official.

An audience with the Queen 900

The story is available from Amazon. Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

Twitter image with story title

It is also available as a pdf from our website, www.junagarhmedia.co.uk,

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow reviewed by beekeeping group

I was very lucky that a Scottish beekeeping group reviewed my story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow very positively. They are the Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeeping Association.

Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeeping Association

The story is available on Amazon Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

This is what they had to say:

Fife beekeepers comments copy



Illustration – A new notice

This is an illustration by the very talented Alice Wright for my story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. In this story the bees have to stop some greedy developers building over their precious meadow. The story is available from Amazon.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

A New Notice is Erected at the Entrance to the Meadow



Review of Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

A wonderful group based in Texas gave me a very positive review of my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. They are the Texas Pollinator Powwow and they can be found on Facebook.

Texas Pollinator Powwow

Here’s what they had to say:

Texas Pollinator Powwow review 150219 copy

Review – I have received a wonderful review of my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

I have been very lucky in that the Devon Beekeepers Association has reviewed my story and written some really nice words about it.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by Paul Noel

“A bee story for children” – that was the description sent with Paul Noel’s book, “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow”, and on the face of it that’s exactly what it is. A tale with an intrepid honey bee called Beatriz at its core, ready and willing to use her intelligence and super-fast flight in the battle against the enemy – those who would seek to destroy the natural habitat of the field she calls home, together with her fellow creatures that also live there.

Yet it’s more than ‘a bee story for children’, for while they will love the heroic antics of Beatriz, or ‘Bea’ to everyone who knows her, adults will find characters familiar to them too – officious bureaucrats, eager nature-loving campaigners, boffins, dastardly developers and potentially wicked planners! The turning point when all the humans and animals come together is a joyous highlight!

No doubt we’ve all heard of a field that is ripe for necessary development and Paul Noel’s fantasy is one that we can easily follow and understand. While the drama and the suspense gives joy to younger listeners and readers, it represents important issues raised by the need for more homes and the conflict between those building houses and those passionate about protecting the natural environment.

As ever with children’s books you get most out of the story by suspending your disbelief and remembering that it’s simply a story to entertain and not provide a full education of the lifecycle of the honeybee and its behaviour in the hive and in the field – there are plenty of less exciting books, which are designed to give real insight to those of us who are interested in bee facts. “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow” doesn’t ignore general bee behaviour, but it’s full of fun and allows the imagination to take over, helped along with drawings that reflect the overall upbeat feel. The pictures are ideal for children to colour in, making it even more entertaining and better value.

Any beekeeper, indeed any adult, will not be bored if they find themselves reading the story of Bea trying to save her meadow. Just one question remains, what might Bea do next for surely “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow” is the first of a series?

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