by Margaret Welwood
Marie is a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, and a forever friendship follow.
By the following summer, Mr. Bee is too old to fly. But every night, Marie lifts her little friend onto her lap and reads to him from the Book of John and the Book of Proverbs.
Marie uses a wheelchair, which is clear from the pictures. However, there is only one reference to the chair in the text--when she wheels the ailing Mr. Bee back to her cabin after his expulsion from the hive. Some people appreciate the fact that the disability is present without being the focus. Others are pleased to see someone with a disability in the role of rescuer.
Also available without Bible references as Marie and Mr. Bee.
Young readers will be so busy turning pages they won’t even realize they’re taking in some of life’s most valuable truths. . . . the power of choice, the treasure of friendship, the capabilities of “disabled” children, what kindness looks like. Marie and Mr. Bee confirms again the power of great story-telling to open up our world, teach us, and help us grow. Review by KAB
About the Author...
Great Aunt Lily taught Margaret Welwood to read, her mother parked her in the book section of The Bay while she did her shopping, and her grade 12 English teacher encouraged her to write.
"So here we are *several* years later . . . "
Margaret has written more than 100 traditionally published magazine and newspaper articles. She also edited a diabetes education guide that won first place in the reference category of the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).
And sh taught English as a Second Language for years with stories as a mainstay.
Now a new door has opened into Storyland . . . the world she is exploring with her grandchildren. Her first picture book for children, Sicissortown, is the only one, as far as she knows, that offers a choice of inside back cover. Marie and Mr. Bee offers a choice of last page.
Little Bunny's Own Storybook is a celebration of libraries, literacy, family, and the initiative and creativity of children (both human and rabbit).
She encourages young readers and writers--her website features stories and art by children 7-12 years old. You may wish to check out some of their interesting and colorful creations.
A weekly storytime with young children as well as time spent with her grandchildren has made for some interesting discoveries about children's literature. She blogs about these discoveries and reviews her top picks on Goodreads and other sites.
Locally, she helps adults improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills one-on-one. She also offers editing and proofreading services.