Bren MacDibble

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How to Bee

How to Bee

HOW TO BEE by Allen & Unwin hit the shelves in May 2017!

This children's novel is set in future Australia in a time when there are no bees, and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands, much like the pear farmers of Hanyuan in China are forced to do today. Peony wants to be a bee, a hand pollinator, she's light, she's fast, and even though she's a year too young, she's going to be the best bee the farm has ever seen... except when you're only 9, it's hard to get everyone around you go along with your plan.

How to Bee

Young readers are often concerned about environmental issues and exploring a work of fiction about a child living in a possible future without bees can allieviate stress by giving them context to discuss the issue of bee loss, as well as seeing how Peony overcomes the difficulties of her life.

Available from any good bookshop or Allen & Unwin.

Teachers, How to Bee has the most amazing Teacher Notes, moving from language, to environment, to society and the future. Can you use this book in your classroom? How to Bee - Teacher Notes (downloads pdf)

You can see the hand-pollinators at work in Sichuan Province, China, in this Huffington Post article.

If you would like to find out more about the factors currently contributing to bee loss, there is a great short video at YouTube: Death of Bees Explained -

Bren MacDibble is interviewed by David McLean about How To Bee on Radio 3CR and saved as a podcast here.

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