King Solomon and the Bee

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One day, when King Solomon was resting in his garden, a small bee accidentally stung the great king on his nose. Furious, the king summoned all possible offenders and demanded to know who had dared to sting him. A small bee came forward and, as it pleaded for the king's forgiveness, offered to repay him. King Solomon was amused by the bee's earnest proposal, for how could such a little bee repay such a powerful king? Dalia Hardof Renberg's simple adaptation of this traditional story, pared with Ruth Heller's ...

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One day, when King Solomon was resting in his garden, a small bee accidentally stung the great king on his nose. Furious, the king summoned all possible offenders and demanded to know who had dared to sting him. A small bee came forward and, as it pleaded for the king's forgiveness, offered to repay him. King Solomon was amused by the bee's earnest proposal, for how could such a little bee repay such a powerful king? Dalia Hardof Renberg's simple adaptation of this traditional story, pared with Ruth Heller's glorious illustrations, is a surprising and charming tale of how one small bee keeps its mighty promise.

A retelling of the traditional tale about a bee that repays King Solomon's kindness by helping him solve the Queen of Sheba's riddle.

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Ilene Cooper
Renberg retells a traditional tale with roots in the Bible. King Solomon is visiting his garden when a small bee accidently stings his nose. Solomon is angry at first and then laughs when the bee says that someday he may be able to do him a favor. That day comes when the queen of Sheba arrives to test Solomon's vaunted wisdom with puzzles and riddles. The last test involves bouquets of artificial flowers--and one bunch that is real. Solomon is having trouble picking out the real flowers as the queen requests, until the bee flies directly to them. This simple story is fresh and appealing. The brightly colored pictures, accented with masses of flowers on every page, are occasionally stiff, but they do have child appeal. Kids will especially like the two-page spread that is crowded with insects flying around the pages. An author's note chronicles the interesting derivation of this story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060229023
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.43 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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