Emma Bee is thrilled to leave the hive and collect pollen and nectar for the first time.
Along the way she makes friends and finds beautiful flowers. But when she flies past Mrs. Muggin’s garden—where all the flowers look the same—she discovers not everyone wants to be her friend, and some flowers lead her into trouble!
Emma Bee is brave and feisty.
She’s proud to be part of her family of honeybees but like so many young leaving the safety of home for the first time, she has some hard lessons to learn. Emma wants to feel the freedom of independence and find acceptance in the bigger world. And like all of us, she wants to be loved.
Pamela Fish Carlson, Author
Through her work in educational television, Pamela Fish Carlson came to learn something about science—and art!—in the world of honeybees. Pam hosts and produces the program Great Gardening on PBS station WDSE-WRPT. With the ongoing research showing a threat to bees and pollinators of all kinds, she considered how she could help. With her background in journalism and longtime commitment to early education, a children’s book felt like the right avenue.
Pam also happened to have a daughter with a new degree in visual fine arts and convinced Tessa to try her hand at illustration. As a proud mother of a talented daughter she will happily tell you the collaboration has been a blessing.
Tessa Carlson, Illustrator
Tessa Carlson has long been a lover of the beauty found in nature. The colors of the outdoors inform her art. She began to paint, draw, and create as a very little girl. With her bachelor of fine arts in painting and drawing she works to bring the magic of flowers, foliage, and fauna to the canvas. Growing up she was inspired by the lessons learned from her next-door-neighbor grandparents and their time spent together in Grandma and Grandpa’s huge gardens. Most recently, Tessa started her own urban gardens where she grows healthy food . . . and of course a selection of colorful flowers. To purchase art by Tessa, visit her Etsy shop.
Purchase “Emma Bee” at these locations
Zenith Bookstore- Duluth, MN
Barnes & Noble- Duluth, MN
Duluth Folk School (Dovetail Cafe)- Duluth, MN
Toys for Keeps- Duluth, MN
Bending Birches Greenhouse- Duluth, MN
Bookstore at Fitger’s- Duluth, MN