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King of Bees
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The King of Bees

by Lester L. Laminack
illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Henry can’t wait until he can have a bee-suit of his own so he can help his Aunt Lilla with the sister bees.

As Henry observes his Aunt Lilla work with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm, he becomes fascinated with her bee suit and her ability to communicate with the bees. When he learns that the bees are getting ready to look for a new place to live, he tries to find a way to communicate with the sister bees to convince them to stay.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-953-7
Publication Date: 4/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.7
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: AD600L
Themes: Beekeeping, Bravery, Curiosity, Helpfulness, Intergenerational Relationships
BISAC 1: JUV002140 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
BISAC 2: JUV024000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Country Life
BISAC 3: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational


“[A] quiet tale of love and honeybees…. Visually lovely and tonally appealing” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sweetly nostalgic ink-and-watercolor illustrations could depict the past or the present and offer an atmospheric complement to the gentle, warm, and informative text.” —Booklist

“A gentle tale full of Southern charm…[LaMarche’s] ink-and-watercolor spreads are light and dreamy, with evocative sunrise shades and detailed looks at beekeeping equipment and the bees themselves.” —Publishers Weekly

“An informative and visually dazzling picture book about beekeeping…. A must-have for most collections, perfect for reading aloud to a small group and for introducing a nature unit on bees.”—School Library Journal

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“Stunning landscapes of South Carolina’s Lowcountry marshlands and expressive portraiture” —Foreword Reviews

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Parents’ Choice Recommended Award  —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Honor Book) —The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 2019

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Intermediate Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2019-2020

North Carolina Author Awards (AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature, Nominee) ―North Carolina Literary & Historical Association, 2018

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Meet the Author

Lester Laminack

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Jim LaMarche

Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children’s books today.  His books include Rainbabies and Albert, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He lives in California.