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Based on a true story, "The Royal Bee "is an elegantly written tale that pays tribute to a young boy's courage and strength of character. Song-ho is a young Korean boy destined by birth to a life of poverty. Barred from going to school--only the sons of wealthy families could attend--he dreams of learning to read and write. Then one day he hears the sound of a school bell...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Boyds Mills Press (first published February 1st 2000)
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Ch_hayley Medsker
The Royal Bee by Frances Park tells a story of a poor Korean boy and his mother in the late 19th century. Song-ho's days are filled with chores, and dreaming of life outside the fields. Song-ho's widowed mother works hard harvesting crops and struggles to provide the already almost perished food upon their table. Song-ho dreams of getting an education and getting himself and his mother out of poverty. Drawn away from his household chores by the sound of the school bell in the valley, Song-ho, a...more
Jana
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a young boy in Korea (over 100 years ago) who was desperate to learn how to read and write. He was unable to attend school because only the sons of wealthy families were admitted to the school. But one day he follows the sound of the school bell to the door of the school. Even though the teacher turns him away, he stays and listens outside the door anyway. Eventually he was allowed to attend and he wound up winning a national academic contest....more
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Amanda
Summary: This picture book is about a boy in Korea. Song-Ho is from a very poor family and wants to learn to read and write. He hears a school bell and follows it until he finds the school. After being turned down, he stays outside of the school and listens to the lessons through the doors. When it gets cold outside the master brings him in and tests his knowledge. He passed the test and was welcomed into the school. He is chosen to participate in the royal bee. In the final question he tells hi...more
Ky
This book displays a difference in culture for U.S. students. The authors where inspired by their grandfather growing up in Korea. This story displays a young child's desire to learn. This is a third grade reading level but does have words that most children will not be familiar with, including Korean names.
Matthew
This was an inspiring tale, with an undercurrent of truth since it was based on the authors' own grandfather's story. It really demonstrates the power of perseverance and strong character in the face on poverty and unfairness.
Megan Sutherland
A great book to read aloud to children to help them with prediction. Also a good book to show them that you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Marilyn Spencer
A classic story of a young have not that wants to go to school. Song-ho listens at the school window to make his dreams come true.
M
A poor Korean boy longs to be educated and finds a way.
Ronna
Cute! Tear jerker for me... we are studying Korea.
Theresa
beautiful pictures a great multicultural story
Theresa
beautiful pictures a great multicultural story
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Sisters FRANCES AND GINGER PARK have been nibbling on bonbons and making friends at Chocolate Chocolate since 1984. Award-winning authors, the sisters love to write books for readers of all ages and have been interviewed on National Public Radio, 'Good Morning America', CNN and the Diane Rehm Show. Currently at work on separate novels, they still find time to collaborate. Their cookbook for childr...more
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