By RUSTY WISE
|A very English book of the
countryside, telling the story of a little brown honey bee called Belinda,
and her adventures through four seasons of the year as she gathers nectar
and pollen to make honey for her growing family and some extra for her kind
owner Mrs Watson. She has an epic battle with a wasp (the honey bees mortal
enemy), Nearly gets caught in a rainstorm, leads a swarm in defence of her
friends and nearly starves to death in the depths of winter.
The final chapter is a
simple factual description of life in the apiary and the production of the honey
we love to eat. The explanations are supported with photographs taken in the
author's own apiary.
The author hopes the first four chapters will awaken an interest in bees and
honey, so the final chapter is there to answer any questions that may be asked.
This book is meant to be fun to read, pretty to look at and loosely educational-
(but don't tell the children that). Belinda Bee is written primarily for
children under 10 with an interest in food and country life, however the author
hopes that their adults will enjoy it too and find it informative.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
|Although I was born in the UK, my
parents originally came from Yugoslavia. I was christened Vera Terzic, and
my family were Croatian Serbs living in Lika, Nr Gracac.
Beekeeping (a truly Slavic pastime) must be in my blood. I keep 10 hives of
bees, and sell the honey locally. It is wonderful way to spend my time, and
the final outcome is a lovely pot of honey that my customers love.
I wrote this book so that little
children could start to learn a about honey bees, beekeeping and honey, and I
hope it will encourage the young ones, firstly to take up the hobby and
secondly, to eat lot's of honey. My next book is to be published next year
second in the Belinda Bee Series.
AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHERS
PRICE 12 .75 EUROS.
See about the other Rusty's book:
Belinda Bee Swarms Away