Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Beeman


On my most recent trip to Washington, I picked up this book from my dad and sister's bee store.  I love it!   You see, my dad is the beeman.  He is a lot of things, actually.  He spins, he cans, he gardens, he makes yummy pies.  He is your all around  do it yourselfer.    But over the past few years, he has purchased a Bee Supply store with my younger sister, Rachel.  He has a whole ton of bees in his backyard and he even has a little kid bee suit that my girls have worn when helping him with his bees.  He has taught my kids to feel comfortable around bees (now I need to work  on me!) and they know all about bees. (Enough for Rachel and Autumn to put on a skit at Cousin Camp about bees that completely went over my head!)  

To be quite honest, I would probably love this book even if it was badly written and illustrated just because it hits close to home.   But it is wonderfully written, teaches about all of the different types of bees and has beautiful pictures.  I give it an A+.  And I recommend everyone get a copy.  It is a wonderful book for every family's bookshelf, showing a sweet grandpa sharing his love for bees.  Gosh, I love you, dad!

4 comments:

Jen said...

Growing up, our next door neighbor had bees that he kept. Twice the Queen bee got out and came over to our yard. The first time it happened we were in the backyard and the sky looked black from all the bees flying in clouds. It was crazy. The second time she nested in the front yard and they built a hive on a tree that hung over the driveway. My mom's van got honey on it for weeks. Finally the neighbor cut it down and moved it again. I am not a bee person myself. LOL

Sarah said...

Yeah....I keep my distance from his bees, but I sure do love his honey. Good stuff, I tell you. And eating local honey is supposed to really help with allergies.

Jen said...

Hmmm... I think I had heard that about the allergy help with local bees. Makes sense. Interesting!

Rachel Wessel said...

Sarah, I'm so glad you love this book as much as I do! Apparently the beekeepers agree with you because it's been flying off the shelves at the bee store!