Written and Illustrated by Gerald Kelley
Benedict is living a very sweet life. Of course, he is a bear, so his needs are pretty straightforward. The best part of his day is when the bees deliver honey to his door each morning. Gerald loves honey!
Honey is a big part of Gerald’s day. He uses it on his toast, he uses it to sweeten his baking. Gerald puts it in his bedtime tea. That is, until the day when there is no honey.
Suddenly, the bees in the yard all go on strike! Benedict tries to go on without honey, but his life is not the same. Without honey, life is not as sweet. He becomes very sad. That is when a bee comes to Benedict for a heart-to-heart talk.
It seemed the bees in Benedict’s yard feel they are taken for granted. They have done their part to take care of Benedict, but they realized he was doing nothing in return for them. They could not go on the way things were.
From the bees, Benedict learns what he needs to do to help the bees stay healthy and happy. He learns that bees need certain conditions to make the honey that he loves. Benedict also learns what he can do to help the bees.
So, Benedict goes to work to make his yard a healthy, happy place for the bees. He educates himself on the best flowers for bees. He gets the seeds and plants them, waters them. He even keeps the garden weeded. Benedict also learns about honey and how to harvest it.
When the bees see the hard work, Benedict has done to repay them, they are happy, again. The strike is over! The bees immediately go back to work. Life is sweet for everyone, now.
This is a sweet book! The message is simple and clear. From the great bear to the tiny honeybee to the flowers, we all share this world. If we take care of nature, it will take care of us. I highly recommend this positive book to teach this simple truth to kids. Share it with the children in your life. Everyone will benefit from that, too.