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book trailer for I Saw A Bee.

I saw a BEE

published by Scallywag Press.

“I remember when I used to see a bee and go, YIKES a bee!” – Tracey Thorn, Twitter 2019.

Me too. Then as a parent, I started noticing other parents whisking their children away from bees, and I remembered learning about bees in a similar way – that they were to be avoided. We live in much more enlightened times, and bees are gradually becoming a popular subject of conservation and ecology, with many schools now housing bug hotels and pollinator-friendly areas. These initiatives by schools will no doubt have a lasting effect in fostering respect and fascination with our insect friends.

I still see the “YIKES” reaction and so I Saw A Bee highlights the bumbling nature of making friends, especially with bees, but the story reflects the ups-and-downs of many friendships.

The thing is with bees is this: they are busy working, you can sit with them and watch them (they’re wonderful to watch), and they won’t bother you at all. You can help them with their work, and attract more, by gardening with them in mind; and yes if you have a bug hotel, you may even persuade some bees to move into your neighborhood.

What has been said about I Saw A Bee:

'This effectively simple book is beautifully illustrated with stylish, patterned graphics showing a bee and boy sharing our precious natural environment. The first of a proposed series of books aiming to ‘encourage young children to enjoy and appreciate the natural world’ it’s perfect for sharing with young listeners and equally, with its short rhythmic rhyming text, an ideal book for beginning readers. Either way, it conveys its crucial environmental message without a hint of preachiness.'

Books for Keeps

'Filled with bright, characterful and eye-catching illustrations, this is the perfect bedtime story and an ideal way to teach children about the importance of bees in our ecosystem.'

Lancashire Evening Post

'With short rhythmic text and glowing illustrations, it is set to be a story read over and over again.'
Angels and Urchins

'A brilliant and important little book for little ones just beginning to discover the delicate balances at work in our gardens and green spaces, as important insect species like Bees go about their daily business.'

Read it Daddy blog

'Beautifully simple – it's perfect for beginning readers... A delicious first picture book.' Red Reading Hub

'The short text is a simple and timely reminder of the importance of bees in our ecosystem; the book is one in a series designed to make children aware of the natural world. There are lots to spot in the colourful illustrations, with many insects depicted, offering the opportunity for learning about and appreciating these little creatures.'
Parents in Touch

'At a time when insects are in steep decline, ensuring that the next generation has a positive attitude to the natural world is imperative. Here is a book that will initiate that mindset. Parents, grandparents, and children will all enjoy reading or listening to this over and over again.'

Antenna, Royal Entomological Society

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