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Philippa and The Homeless Bumblebee

Written by David Greaves

Illustrated by Danielle Callaghan

Featured Books for 5+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Philippa and The Homeless Bumblebee

When Philippa discovers that a bee has lost its home due to a tractor ploughing up a meadow, she endeavours to find it a new habitat. Sadly each time she explores a possible location, she discovers that it is unsuitable due to human interference or damage. Eventually, however, she finds a farmer who has the perfect setting for bee to have a happy life.

Told in rhyme, with bright and attractive artwork, this little book would be a good acquisition to the infant school library and a perfect gift for a young child. 

With £1 of each copy sold going to the Friends of the Earth charity, there is helpful information at the end of the book outlining the work of FOE and how we can support bees.

Val Rowe, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador

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Other Info

"Children will buzz with delight at this lovely verse story of a child taking a bee on a journey to find a safe and beautiful place to make its home. Their quest will also gently provoke young readers into awareness of the human impact on the natural world." Berlie Doherty, twice winner of the Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature.

This book is available to purchase from Amazon and other booksellers as well as the Stanage Press Website.

Philippa and The Homeless Bumblebee Synopsis

One day a happy bumblebee has her world turned upside down when her beloved meadow home is destroyed. But to her delight, a brave child comes to her rescue. Philippa and the homeless bee embark on an exciting adventure together. Where will their journey take them?

Philippa and the Homeless Bumblebee offers young readers an important reminder about the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of the natural world around us.

When The Homeless Bumblebee and Me was first published by Friends of the Earth in 2015,  David Greaves' and Danielle Callaghan’s heartwarming ecological fable quickly established itself as a firm favourite in many homes throughout the UK. Republished now by Stanage Press Ltd. in a new and updated edition, Philippa and the Homeless Bumblebee continues to support Friends of the Earth’s vital environmental campaigning work: £1 of every copy sold will be donated to Friends of the Earth.

Philippa and The Homeless Bumblebee Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

It's a lovely story, told in rhyme, and it's beautifully illustrated. Full review

Pauline Braisher

Philippa and The Homeless Bumblebee Press Reviews

'If we stand any chance of mending our damaged planet we must reach out to those who will have influence in future years. This is why The Homeless Bumblebee is so important. It is a beautifully presented story, but more than that, it is a way to engage with children on important environmental issues.'

David Timms, Lead Bees Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, 2015

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ISBN: 9781916360921
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Stanage Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781916360921
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
Author: David Greaves
Illustrator: Danielle Callaghan
Publisher: Stanage Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 30 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Animals
Recommendations: Indie Books We Love

About David Greaves

Born in Yorkshire in 1985, David Greaves' kindness and generosity of spirit, and his love of travel and adventure led him to make friends around the world with people from all walks of life. The stamina and strength of character demonstrated by David's achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete were also shown by his determination to complete The Homesick Fox, and a considerable number of other stories for children while living with the cruel limitations imposed by Motor Neurone Disease (ALS), diagnosed shortly after David's thirtieth birthday in June 2015. In September 2015 David married the love of his life, ...

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