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
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.
Here is the cover from the first story.
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.
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
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.
The story is available from Amazon. Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow
It is also available as a pdf from our website, www.junagarhmedia.co.uk,
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:
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 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:
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?
Bea and Wise Old Bee read the new notice.