For Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers! (ages 4 - 8)
Sunny waited on the rock all night thinking of Myah and sighed when he heard Grandfather Oak snoring.
The next day Grandfather Oak, along with many other creatures, noticed Sunny was still there, but said nothing.
Sunset had come again and a leaf falling from Grandfather Oak captured Sunny’s attention on its way to the ground. “Myah!” he blurted and wiped his eyes. “Hold on! I’ll never give up trying.” Again, he waited long into the night.
“Your behavior is unusual for a bee. You have the patience and rootedness of a tree,” said Grandfather Oak. “You care for this flower very much, do you?”
Sunny took a deep breath and nodded.
“I see. A very good friend you must be. Your request I will submit. Perhaps, Mother Nature will grant your wish.” Sunny looked up.
“About her plans, no one ever has a clue. Go on home, son. There is nothing more you can do,” said the tree.
“But I’m afraid it may be too late,” Sunny answered, wiping his face.
“You don’t know if that is true. Leave your fear behind and make the most of whatever awaits you.”
About the author:
J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time.
J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014. Learn more about this series at www.sunnybeebooks.com.