Daphne's Bees

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8 1/2 x 11
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March 2022
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Ages 6 to 8
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Daphne's Bees

by Catherine Dempsey

with illustrations by Veselina Tomova

Daphne heard a soft humming and opened her eyes. A honey bee was buzzing just outside her window. She smiled and jumped out of bed. Today was her tenth birthday—the day she was going to get her very own bee hive!


Daphne is abuzz with excitement! She’s learning the ins and outs of beekeeping from her grandmother. Together they assemble hive boxes, set up a colony, tend the colony, and gather honey. Told in a simple, straightforward manner, this beautifully illustrated informational storybook is an excellent introduction to the many aspects of beekeeping.

 Written by an established beekeeper and former teacher, Daphne’s Bees celebrates the connection between grandparent and grandchild, and humans and the natural world.

The book includes lots of extra facts about bees and beekeeping, as well as a glossary of terms.

What folks are saying

Daphne's Bees is a gently educational story which contains lessons beyond beekeeping. Beekeepers know the sweetest tasting honey comes fresh from a beehive—this book is honey from the hive! It reminds readers of all ages of the special connection between us and our environment, as well as the importance of family, sharing, and time spent together. I am glad for this book as it will introduce beekeeping to new generations into the future."
~ Dr. Andrew Byers, Senior Apiculturist & Program Lead, Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture

Little Daphne has had a loving education, working beside her beekeeping grandmother. She is full of excitement as her birthday arrives, because she knows her gift will include beekeeping equipment to start her own colony. While they follow this exciting journey with Daphne, readrs are smartly educated about the importance of honey bees, generational beekeeping, and a love for nature. Children, parents, and grandparents alike, will enjoy this smart story about the love between grandparent and grandchild, and a passion passed on to another generation. It is something I hope to do with  my own grandson some day. ~ Becky Wallroff, another beekeeping grandmother

Dempsey, debut author and past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association, opens the buzzy world of beekeeping to young readers. ~Kirkus Reviews