This work was inspired by many who are taking positive action in whatever way they can to reverse the problem bees face to continue their existence on Earth. Bee-Come is a collection of short stories on nature written for children. It focuses on the plight of bees, highlights the interconnectedness and coexistence on Earth. The book is written for children aged 4 to 8, to facilitate connection with nature. It can also be of interest for people who appreciate bees’ contribution to the overall balance of ecosystem and biodiversity. It also provides a list of organizations that readers may want to know to learn and participate in conserving bees and working with nature for the overall ecological balance.
“It’s so important that we recognize how interconnected and interdependent we all are for us to continue to flourish here on earth. We are all one creation. Tsehay has done a wonderful job of reminding us how precious and important bees are and what they do to support and enrich our lives. We would be lost without them”.
—Nick Williams www.inspired-entrepreneur.com
Author of The Work We Were Born To Do & Co-founder of the Inspired Entrepreneur’s “The stories look like they should get children thinking about bees”.
—Jeremy Dalton Head Warden, Osterley Park
From story 1 Title: Bee-Come!
And the silver Moon looked at the children from the sky and asked what was happening in day light.
The children replied to the Moon, singing:
‘Moon Moon in the night sky
You are looking at us at night time.
We were singing in the day light
Bee- Come! Bee -Come!
Asking the bees to stay with us
Fruit, vegetables and all sorts of life
Need bees to be around.’
From story 2 Title: The Boy Who Needed to Know Why
But did you ask for their permission? Why do we take their honey? They worked very hard to make it?’ Milo asked again.
From story 3 Title: Children of the Earth
'Oh no! The snow is melting, the Sun is getting hotter and hotter, species are disappearing, there is not enough on the Earth to keep people alive, natural disasters are happening often and everywhere. What can be done? What can be done? Could we save the world and save ourselves? Will the Earth disappear and everything with it? What can be done? What can be done? Maybe we could go to another planet? We have the technology now. We could ask for help from another planet.
From story 4 Title: Queen of the Cities
In Spring each year, the Queen of Cities would come out to visit her world. She would often wear a beautiful long dress similar to a wedding dressing gown, coloured in bright blue and shining gold for the occasion.
Tsehay Alemayehu is a Montessori teacher, writer, and firm supporter of nature’s role in the development of children’s education. She is the author of two other children’s storybooks, Zeraf! and The Girl Who Smelled Like Orange. She grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She now lives in the UK with her husband and their two children. Maya Bazzini was born in London. A graduate from University of Arts in London, she has been working on film production for the BBC, channel 4, Al Jazeera, and for independent British filmmakers. Maya has traveled much of South America and has come to know closely with indigenous communities, mainly in Guatemala, Venezuela, Chile, and Argenti na, where she currently lives and works.