The boy who lost his bumble by Trudi Esberger (2014)

Our nicely cultivated clover patch (aka lack of lawn-mowing) has recently been a veritable hotbed of buzzing bees. Last week, for the first time in about 30 years I was the not-so proud owner of a bee sting. Yowsers, not only was it physically painful, but I also felt so sad that my vegetable garden has lost one of its biggest supporters.

The boy… is a very sweet story about a huge bee fan. As a lover of flowers and trees, life gets a little sad when it starts to rain, “Then one day it started to rain and the clouds began to rumble…It was so wet, even the bees lost their bumble.” Through the winter his garden stays bee-free in spite of his efforts to lure them home. As the winter snow begins to melt he gets his bumble back.IMG_1375

There are some fascinating notes in the back of the book about bees, what happens to them in winter and how to encourage them into your garden. This is a lovely introductory story to the wee buzzy things, and would make a great starting point for bee research with a young class of insect-lovers. A hearty round of buzzes to you Trudi Esberger.

Check out The boy who lost his bumble at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy The boy who lost his bumble at Fishpond.

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