Troubador The Bee Chase

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800462373

eISBN: 9781800468726

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Bee Chase


The story is about a young girl who lives at No.9 Honey Lane and who is bored while her mother is busy playing with her little brother in the garden. She wants to play chase! 

At that same moment a swarm of honeybee flies into the garden and settles down onto one of the apple trees. Her mother calls the local Beekeeper to collect the swarm. When the beekeeper is just about to climb on his ladder to reach the bees, Mum notices that the swarm is starting to fly away into the next-door garden! 

By then, Dad has arrived back from work and can only follow his wife, daughter, son and the Beekeeper (with his paraphernalia), into the street via the side gate and to the next-door neighbours’ front door. The group goes from House No. 11 to No. 13, 15 and 17 and in each garden the bees are either settling down too deep inside the tree, high in the tree or are too fast and finally decide to move on into the dark forest at the end of Honey Lane. 

Every time, the girl leads the way and ask her neighbours to let the group into their garden to catch the bees. She is determined to save them. Will she be able to save the bees? Why not join her on the chase!

Absolutely amazing .Very well done

by Valentin Stefan

Great book! My kids loved it, very educational for parents too.

by Luna Charleston

This book is not only beautiful it is a great way to teach children about the importance of Bees to the world at large and human kind. I loved it!

by John Piper

The Bee Chase is not only a beautiful book to hold and look at but an important educational tool that is so relevant to the planet and humankind. The text is well structured and expressed from the authors heart whilst the superb illustrations add a further element to the finished offering. I look forward to more thought provoking works from this team.

by John Piper

Beautifully written and illustrated. This book is perfect for bedtime reading. Our family loved it.

by Lyn Devereaux

A great colorful topical book with lots of interesting starters for further conversations about bees. The story opens up an interest in how a bee colony works and gives a fun bright illustrations to enrich the text. A brilliant book for children. Thanks.

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J R  Grailhe

I grew up in Alsace - France in the 70s, on the foothills of the Voges Mountain and surrounded by vineyards and woodlands.

I now live in Bournemouth on the South coast of England with my lovely family and spend my spare time writing children's stories, walking on the beach and sea swimming if weather permits!

Being the third child of a humble working-class family of four, I had a simple and happy childhood, never too far from nature and all the treasures it had to offer. With my family, we spent on many occasions picking cherries, berries, plums or foraging for wild blueberries in the Summer. In the Autumn there were grapes, apples, walnuts, mushrooms and chestnuts, only to name a few produces that were carefully persevered into jams, conserves, juices that helped feeding the family throughout the rest of the year.

One of my passions growing up was cartoons & comic books and the love for illustrated stories that transported me into adventures across the world. My favourites characters were Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Yakari, Spirou. As a teenager I discovered books from European comics artists such as Cosey, Enki Bilal, Jean Van Hamme, William Vance, Edgar P. Jacobs, Francois Walthery and many more. The family house was full of comic books, read and re-read hundreds of times, mainly laying on my bedroom floor, head in my hands.

These days, my favourite artist is Plantu, the famous political satirical cartoonist, who has co-founded 'Cartooning for Peace', a network of press cartoonists who fight with humour for the respect of cultures and freedoms.

During the course of my career, I was fortunate to visit the tea growing regions of Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi where I discovered the lives of tea growers. It is during one of these trips in the South of Malawi Mulanje region, that I met a tea grower who also happened to be a beekeeper. From that moment, I became fascinated by these beautiful creatures and the key part they play in our lives, including helping tea growers providing extra income for their families!

Just imagine my joy when we discovered a year later that a colony of bees took shelter in our soffits. It was as if the Universe was giving me a sign!

So here it is! After a few years of cogitating, reflecting and procrastinating, 'The Bee Chase' was born out of my love of comic books, my interest in honeybees and the importance of saving them.

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