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Award-winning Irish illustrator P. J. Lynch lends his talent to this classic tale by Frank Stockton about an elderly "Bee-man's" search for his true form.
Constantly surrounded by bees that have made his hut "nothing more than an immense beehive," the Bee-man lives a satisfying life, eating honey and keeping his insect friends company. But when a Junior Sorcerer tells him that he's been transformed into his current state from something else, the old man leaves his dwelling to find his true identity. Eventually, the Bee-man comes to a black mountain and happens upon a "Languid Youth" -- a boy who needs his "energies toned up" -- who splits from him in the mountain, only to bring the Bee-man face-to-face with a dragon that's ready to consume a baby. Thankfully, the Bee-man has a beehive handy for a weapon, and after he rescues the infant, they all hightail it from the mountain, discover the Bee-man's true identity, and get him changed back -- that is, until readers find out the Bee-man's destiny years later.
With P. J. Lynch's stellar illustrations that reflect the story's old-age feeling and magic, this picture book shows itself to be just right for lovers of fantasy and folklore. Storytime discussions about individuality, the future, and traditional tales will find the book useful, while Lynch's art will resonate with young and old. Shana Taylor