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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?
A review of my book has now appeared on the Bkids website. I am hoping of course that this will help me sell more copies. At the moment I am donating part of the sales to the two UK charities Plantlife and Butterfly Conservation but I am interested in supporting and partnering with other organisations and causes.
If you buy Clever Dad and the Pirate Ship or any of my stories I will donate part of sales to Plantlife @Love_plants & Butterfly Conservation @savebutterflies. The stories are available as A4 colouring books and for the Kindle and application on Amazon. On our website http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk they are available in the pdf format for any device that has a pdf reader. See Tristan, age 7, review Clever Dad and the Space Rocket, the other Clever Dad story.
This is just to say that Basil will soon be off on another adventure although I do have a few other stories to write as well so I’m not sure if he will get priority. There’s a Clever Dad story that has been started for Tristan and his brother so maybe I need to work on that one first.
Tristan, aged 7, has his own Facebook page set up and on it he reviews a variety of books. One of them was my Clever Dad and the Space Rocket. He and his brother enjoyed colouring in the illustrations and when he gets time he will review my other stories. Please like his Facebook page as he is a wonderful example of children should be at that age. Get the children reading more and watching less.
In the UK I am in the process of getting contracts with these two charities and therefore will be donating a percentage of sales from any of our items for sale on our website www.junagarhmedia.co.uk to them. The initial product that I approached them with was my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. This is available as a pdf on our website and for the Kindle and a printed book from Amazon. Below is a synopsis and some artwork. If you need further information about any of our products please don’t hesitate to ask.
Bea Bee is the most resourceful, hardest working and happiest bee living in a hive located in a beautiful meadow. One day she notices a new sign on the gate and goes back to the hive to get wise old bee to come to the gate with her and read the notice as she doesn’t understand all the words. The news is bad; the sign is for a planning application to build houses all over the meadow. Wise Old Bee suggests that only if a rare or endangered species is found in the meadow is there a chance that the meadow can be saved. Bea suggests a wild idea on how to save the meadow from this happening. If they don’t then they are going to have to move the hive.
Her plan is fairly simple. There are some red flowers down near the stream that produce some fairly sticky pollen and she thinks that if she disguises herself as a red bee people will believe that there is a new species of bee. At least it will give the bees time to find out if there is a rare or endangered species in the meadow. Time to tell the Queen about the problem and also a possible solution.
Bea tries out the deception on two young people camping in the meadow and they take several photographs that they load onto social media. Bea has started a series of events that she is unaware of. Two teams are set up, some normal bees to keep a lookout on when visitors are coming and a “red” team to sow the story and keep each other from being caught. They will now try and convince other people but will experts believe them?
Can Bea’s plan and her friends from the meadow find a way to save it from being built on?
On Sunday the 16th of July Basil walked from Eastbourne and along the South Downs Way past beach head. Here he is pictured with his friend Lilly. Basil of course has his own photo gallery and blog on our website, www.junagarhmedia.co.uk. You can read all about another adventure of Basil’s in his story, Brown Bear’s Big Day Out, available on Amazon for Kindle and as a print on demand book. It is also available from us as a pdf.
On Sunday Basil joined us on our day out at Hastings, a seaside town on the south coast of England if you do not know where it is. It was a lovely sunny day but the town and the beach did not seem to be that busy.
It has a beach that has a lot of shingles on it as you can see from the photograph. There are also some very nice buildings there but the town itself is itself a little bit faded.
The story Brown Bear’s Big Day Out which features Basil is available on Amazon for Kindle and devices running the Kindle app. It is also available from them as a Print on Demand A4 story and colouring in book. In addition a pdf for PCs, Mac and tablets that have a pdf reader can be purchased from our website, www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
If you purchase a copy I will donate a percentage of the profits to a charity or cause of your choice.