CELEBRATE THE BEES WITH DEE THE BEE! by Dolores Keaveney
Dee the Bee
author/illustrator: Dolores Keaveney
Starfish Bay Childrens Books (1 September 2020)
Do you know what you would do if you were a bee? One bee; Dee the Bee is very busy! It's her job to pollinate all the fruits and vegetables she can possibly find, flying from plant to plant, garden to garden, tree to tree. Pollination isn't a simple task. It's very tiring, so that everyone will have food to eat. And it's very, very important. But work can be play for Dee the Bee. There's always time to stop and smell the flowers. (They need pollinating, too!) Dee the Bee is a VIP!
A joyous, heartfelt journey, this book is an absolute celebration of bees! It's gentle rhyming text guides young readers as Dee the Bee bobs and weaves across the garden, tending fruits and vegetables and visiting the flowers; helping them along so we all have delicious food to eat. The free illustration style direct a path through the book, with each page standing out as if it were a painting of its' own; all flowing together nicely by the trail of Dee the Bee. Our little bee-friends' happy, busy personality shines, creating an instant appreciation and understanding of the important relationship between bees and the human world (and alleviating fears that some children have developed.) As if this weren't enough, there is a wonderful, clear explanation of pollination as it happens and a page of important flowers to plant that will welcome and support the bees in your garden. Vibrant, fascinating, wondrous and simply beautiful, you'll love Dee the Bee!
And here's a quick look at the other marvelous books by Dolores Keaveney:
Irish author/illustrator/artist/designer Dolores Keaveney is well-known for her vivid, fun picture books depicting widely varied life in the Irish garden and landscape. Painting for the better part of 40 years, Dolores' style is vibrant, loose and always uplifting. Her inspiration for her work comes from her grandchildren with their enthusiasm and imagination, the garden and fields surrounding her and of course, the bees.
I have been privileged to know Dolores since the beginning of her publishing journey. She always astounds me with her energy, enthusiasm and fun, accessible nature as she meets the children on school and bookshop visits, heads off to different festivals and develops new, exciting books and projects. Her art/design work is also available in a wide range of gorgeous textiles, as she's joined with Pixalilli, a textile printing and design studio in co. Donegal.
If you want to find out more about Dolores Keaveney, all her beautiful books, or pre-order Dee the Bee (or any of them, for that matter) follow the link to her website: https://www.doloreskeaveney.com/