BEGIN WITH A BEE event at Sidekick Coffee & Books with Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Claudia McGehee

Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Claudia McGehee will be at Sidekick Coffee & Books on Thursday, June 17 for a reading of their new book, co-created with Liza Ketchum and Phyllis Root, BEGIN WITH A BEE.
When Jun 17, 2021
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where Sidekick Coffee & Books, 1310 1/2 Melrose Ave., Iowa City, IA 52246
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Begin with a Bee and its story of the life of one queen bee, a rusty-patched bumblebee, teaches us not only about bees but also about our own responsibilities in the natural worldJacqueline Briggs Martin and Claudia McGehee will be at Sidekick Coffee & Books on Thursday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. for a reading of their new book, co-created with Liza Ketchum and Phyllis Root, Begin with a Bee. The event will be held outdoors, and there will be activities for children attending.

Looking closely at the life cycle of one bee, this book helps readers of all ages understand and appreciate the contributions and significance of all bees. The queen bee’s life unfolds through captivating illustrations, while the authors impart the poetry and basic science of the rusty-patched bumblebee, the first bee to appear on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species list. 

"The real queen in this colony is the striking artwork . . . Close-ups of the bees alternate with views of a lush countryside and its other denizens. It’s an inviting book on any shelf, and the story is concise enough for longer storytimes. Educators, caregivers, and young readers will all be buzzing with delight. This book is the bee’s knees." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A handsome introduction to an endangered bumblebee." —Booklist 

"Extraordinary book, with illustrations created in earth tones and similar to Mary Azarian’s wood cuts, shows us exactly what the bees’ life is like above and below ground. Three well-known authors give us the complete life history of this bee." —Youth Services Book Review