Once, every storyteller had to answer the question, “What’s the moral to your story?” To
succeed, a story must entertain, but it’s not enough to just entertain. There should be a reason for
the story. It should impart a great idea, purpose, truth or moral.
Every parent knows that story time is one of the few times we have our children’s undivided
attention. It’s a great time to impart wisdom, plant great ideas and teach positive character traits.
After all, the Greatest Teacher used stories to teach timeless moral lessons. BeeBop is exciting,
funny and heartwarming, and is filled with positive life lessons.
BeeBop is an orphan bee adopted by a hive. He attends school to learn how to “beecome” a
productive member of the hive. He meets BettyBee, who becomes his best friend. He also
meets a bully bee named Buzz, who makes fun of him and points out to everybee, “He’s not one
of us.” Everyone who has ever been in school has had to deal with bullies, so kids will quickly
identify with BeeBop.
The hive desperately needs a major nectar find before winter and BeeBop makes a big discovery.
He races to the hive to announce his great find, but Buzz calls him a liar. Nobee beeleaves him,
except his one loyal friend.
After a great debate, the hive takes a chance on BeeBop. All available bees travel a great
distance to retrieve the nectar. But when they arrive the flowers are gone. Buzz says, “I told you
he was lying.” Rejected, and shamed by the hive, BeeBop loses hope, but BettyBee tells him he
should “never give up.”
He shakes off his gloom and solves the mystery of the missing flowers, but the hive won’t listen.
He’s thrown into BeeJail on a charge of unbeecoming beehavior. If convicted he’ll be expelled
from the hive, the most devastating penalty any bee can suffer. Risking everything, BettyBee
flies all night to search for evidence to help her friend.
BeeBop must overcome despair, doubt, a bully and even a bear. He must make the best use of
all the skills he learned in school if he is to have any chance of solving the mystery of the
missing flowers and saving the hive. This is a story of loyalty, bravery, determination, and
forgiveness for readers of all ages. I know your kids will love it.
James D. Bell is a retired judge and the award-winning author of two legal thrillers, Vampire
Defense, about the murder trial of a man who claims his victim was a vampire, and Maximilian’s
Treasure involving legal clashes and deadly fights over clues to a legendary treasure, and a
dramatic race to the prize. Both are loosely based upon events from Judge Bell’s archive of
actual cases. Judge Bell and his wife Joanne tell stories at their home next to a bubbling brook
near Crystal Springs, Mississippi.
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