About the Book
Marie is a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, and a forever friendship ensue.
By the following summer, Mr. Bee is too old to fly. But every night, Marie lifts her little friend onto her lap and reads to him from the Book of John and the Book of Proverbs.
Marie uses a wheelchair, which is clear from the pictures. However, there is only one reference to the chair in the text–when she wheels the ailing Mr. Bee back to her cabin after his expulsion from the hive. Some people appreciate the fact that the disability is present without being the focus. Others are pleased to see someone with a disability in the role of rescuer.
“Young readers will be so busy turning pages they won’t even realize they’re taking in some of life’s most valuable truths. . . . the power of choice, the treasure of friendship, the capabilities of ‘disabled’ children, what kindness looks like. Marie and Mr. Bee confirms again the power of great story-telling to open up our world, teach us, and help us grow.” (Amazon reviewer)
About the Author
Margaret Welwood’s granddaughter Tina may be the only one who missed the school bus that cold morning because she and her grandma were engaged in populating a pink roomed bug hotel. There were only two guests, and the two storytellers wrestled with the author’s universal dilemma—having given their heroes a worthy obstacle, what happens next?
As a child without knowledge of sensors or security, Margaret used to imagine herself hiding in the library until it was closed, then sneaking out into the stacks and reading all night . . .
because she loves stories!
When her children were little Margaret was the story lady during the morning church service, and later she held a story circle at the after school care her grandson attended. Margaret is now a volunteer story reader at the museum. As well, she taught English as a Second Language to adults for years with stories as a mainstay.
Margaret has written over 100 traditionally published magazine and newspaper articles. She also edited To Teach, To Learn, To Live: The Complete Diabetes Education Guide for Health Care Professionals by Diane O’Grady, RN, BSN, CDE, Second Edition (2006). This book won first place in the reference category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).
Her grandchildren’s welcome question, “Can you tell me a story?” precipitated a joyous flying leap into children’s book writing. First came Tommy, Tina and Katie Kat, heroes of Scissortown—and then Marie and Mr. Bee, whose gentle lessons on work ethic and (dis)ability are winning the hearts of children and grown-ups.
Margaret also edits children’s stories and adult non-fiction, reviews children’s picture books, and tutors English as a Second Language and literacy.
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