The King of Bees

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Peachtree Publishers


Henry lives with his Aunt Lilla in a small wooden house in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. They have a vegetable garden and keep chickens, but Henry is especially drawn to the beehive. Although he’s too young to manage the bees, he keeps a close watch on how his aunt handles them.

Aunt Lilla explains that the bees, all females, do a dance to tell their sisters where to find the best flowers. When Henry does a special dance to tell the bees about the purple clover on a neighbor’s property, he’s sure that it worked. And when it looks like the bees are getting to swarm, Henry decides to help. He dons the beekeeper suit and does a dance to tell the bees that they don’t have to leave.

With a palette as golden as honey, changing perspectives, and pictures of bees and a boy, the exquisite ink and watercolor illustrations flow across large double-page spreads. The entire gentle story takes place outside, and the illustrator’s respect for nature and the nature of bees glows.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.