About the Book
Another very English book, the second in the
Belinda Bee series. A new Spring arrives and Belinda is shocked to
discover she has to swarm away with the old Queen Bee. The swarm travels
through the countryside, having many adventures, through a long hot summer,
meeting and making friends with different animals, including Russell the
Rooster, Maureen the Milk Cow, Peggity the Pig and Bathsheba the moor land
sheep, while desperately searching for a new home, until finally, and much
to a very frightened Belinda's relief, just as the cold winter is about to
dawn they find themselves back in their old orchard with their caring
beekeeper, Mrs. Watson about to catch them and give them the home they so
badly need. This book is a sequel to Belinda Bee's Busy Year, and is
written for children and their adults, to continue the interest in honey
bees and is an explanation of swarming in story form.
The final chapter is simply written and factually
supported by photos from the author's own apiary, so that after reading the
story to the children the parent can answer the questions that their
children are bound to ask, or the young ones can themselves study it and
discover the story of swarming, how and why it happens.
The author hopes it will be a book that both parent
and child can enjoy, while together they learn about bees and honey. It is
meant to be interesting, entertaining and pretty to look at.