The Bee Tree Synopsis
A stunning children's picturebook. Midwest Book Review The Bee Tree tells the magical story of a honey hunt in the dense rainforest of Malaysia. The story is narrated by Nizam, a young boy whose grandfather Pak Teh is the leader of the honey hunting clan, the one who has the honor of climbing up the 120-foot tualang tree in the annual honey hunt. But Pak Teh is getting older and is now ready to prepare someone to take his place. He believes that Nizam is the one.
The Bee Tree Press Reviews
Illustrator Paul Mirocha made five trips to Malaysia to perfectly capture the color, life, and near-magical wonder of the Malaysian rainforest and its bees in this wonderful picturebook, supplemented at the end with a section of amazing facts about Malaysia's rainforests, bee trees with up to one hundred bee honeycombs, and honey hunters. Highly recommended. -Midwest Book Review, starred review Despite the fact that much of the story takes place at night, the illustrations are bright enough for group sharing. Equally fascinating are the concluding eight pages of information and photographs...Although the story can stand alone, this additional information adds significantly to the book's effectiveness. -School Library Journal Back in the office everyone was impressed by the illustrations and that a book about the environment includes both nature and people. We have been hard pressed to find books for young children about the environment that include people, and that include institutional sources of the problem. -Deborah Menkart, Executive Director, Teaching for Change [The authors and illustrator] turned their unique experience into a fictional picture book with a coming-of-age theme ... The story is replete with authentic details and the fascinating factual backmatter includes small paintings from the artist's sketchbook and photographs. -Kirkus Reviews This book is meant to trigger children's thinking about ecology and the environment...it could be an excellent resource to include in an integrated curriculum unit about the rain forests or about pourquoi legends. -Children's Literature The Bee Tree is quite unforgettable, at least for this honey-gatherer. Let no son, daughter, niece, nephew, or grandchild be untouched by this masterpiece of sensibility for the planet. -Environmental Grantmakers Association Journal A beautifully-illustrated book that opens a window on a fascinating culture and a remarkable biological phenomenon. -David M. Schwartz, author of How Much is a Million Beautifully written and remarkably illustrated, the story follows the heart-warming journey of a teenager in learning the skills and rituals associated with this rite. In the process he, and the readers, become part of a magical world of special relationships, enduring beliefs and amazing beauty. -The Malaysian Star Taking almost a decade to be actualised, the book is the result of a coming together of extraordinary people from different backgrounds. Authored by Americans Dr Stephen Buchmann, 54, entomologist and environmental consultant, and Diana Cohn, 48, an award-winning children's book writer and hobbyist beekeeper, it features wonderful artwork by scientific illustrator Paul Mirocha, 52. -The Malaysian Star Dr Stephen Buchmann from the University of Arizona has incorporated what he learnt [in Malaysia] in a children's book to be launched in the United States soon...The book has vibrant illustrations by his colleague Paul Mirocha. -The Malaysian Star