How far would you go to help a friend? All the way to the place beyond the hills? Sunny Bee does this and more. In doing so he teaches useful lessons iHow far would you go to help a friend? All the way to the place beyond the hills? Sunny Bee does this and more. In doing so he teaches useful lessons in friendship, confidence, kindness, and faith to both young and adult readers.
Sunny loves his best friend Myah, the sunflower. When the beautiful flower starts wilting under the hot sun, Sunny is worried enough to fly off in search of precious water. A few droplets from the nearby lake isn't enough to quench her thirst. This prompts him to set off on a journey to get her more water. His bee friends refuse to help him, and a frog that he encounters on the trip mocks his efforts. Undeterred he carries on, and meets up with a knowledgeable turtle who helps him seek Grandfather Oak.
Does he meet the Great Oak tree and is his little wish granted? Will his friend fade away before he returns or will he enjoy a potluck dinner? The book chronicles his journey and adventures with beautiful illustrations and expressive words. Life's lessons aren't preached out loud but subtly brought forward through puny Sunny and his great deeds.
The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and perfect for a children's book. I love the fact that the author, James Edwards, frequently uses multisyllabic words - slightly difficult for younger kids - rather than keep the narration simple. My four-year-old nephew loves to learn new words and their meanings, and I presume; so do other kids.
There is enough depth in the short tale to keep little ones engrossed. The five star says it all. This book is like candy - short and sweet....more
I read it at the bright age of 22. I found this book which puts merit and talent above all else, and the right to hide away from incompetent middlemanI read it at the bright age of 22. I found this book which puts merit and talent above all else, and the right to hide away from incompetent middleman who seek to profit from the efforts of others (so very relevant in the scenario of mediocrity and corruption being celebrated in the world today) to resonant with me even after repeated readings over the decade that followed. Enjoyed devouring this far too verbose by today's standards book. It has a lot of individual thought and philosophy taking place throughout...and dialogues that stretch for pages at times. I was as a lucky victim who escaped the bitter noose of reservations (which indirectly claimed my first cousin's life...despite scoring the same marks as me, he ended up in a third rate college known for its unruly elements, the 3 turbulent years there destroyed his life) on account of growing up in Bombay than birth city Madras, and was not smart enough to knock at professional courses' doors that would have been slammed on my face. while I am not a fan of her writing style, I have often fantasised about a strike by the gifted brains, heart and hands on the lines of the one appearing in the book....more
I give it a 4.5 rating. Very raw with a natural flow to the words. Contemporary topics chosen, centred around relationships of various kinds...it is a bI give it a 4.5 rating. Very raw with a natural flow to the words. Contemporary topics chosen, centred around relationships of various kinds...it is a beautiful example of how minimal words can be used for powerful imagery, some of them moving you to think and feel about situations and events entombed in the words. Most of the pieces have a tinge of sadness, pain in observation reflecting the natural emotional/spirtiual growth in us as people. My kind of poetry....more