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Story Corner With Dr. NanaPlum: Painshill Park & The Honey Bee Festival


www.drnanaplum-amazingbooksforchildren.com Biddle The Bee http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biddle-Bee-Everything-Garden-Purpose/dp/0992618827

Pa Dug and Rosie: Everything in the garden serves a purpose series

Reading Biddle The Bee at Painshill Park during the honey bee festival http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biddle-Bee-Everything-Garden-Purpose/dp/0992618827

Tower at Painshill Park

It was such a treat to read my Biddle The Bee story at The Painshill Honey Bee Festival at the weekend. Painshill Park is a beautiful, 18th century garden near Cobham, Surrey, UK. The landscape garden was originally created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773. Over 80,000 visitors a year now visit Painshill Park with its iconic follies. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Beth Meades, who organises Painshill events for all her great help and for printing out the images in a large format so that the children could see the pictures as I read! painshill

The Honey Bee Festival is hosted every year by members of The British Beekeepers Association. Sandra Rickwood and Marion Cooper of the Weybridge Branch invited me to participate and read my story of Biddle The Bee. Marion Cooper helped with the final editing of the book, and I can honestly say that beekeepers are very particular that all the facts in a story should be absolutely correct! Biddle The Bee has their seal of approval! Phew!!!

At the festival, I met Tim and Sally Hutchinson. They are both beekeepers, and I don’t know about you, but I LOVE natural bee products. I can honestly say that their products are superb! I bought some local honey with the honeycomb deliciously, slurpily immersed inside the dripping honey and some wonderful, pure beeswax furniture polish.   I don’t normally advertise products, but I think these are a rare find and made with love: You will find Bee Happy products HERE.

Biddle The Bee http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biddle-Bee-Everything-Garden-Purpose/dp/0992618827

And Papa jumped up, “Let’s waggle and jive!
Let’s be like the bees when they’re in the hive.
They buzz to the left, and buzz to the right!     They’re dancing a map of their nectar flight,
And showing each other just where they have been,
To find the best nectar for feeding the queen!”

My tongue is so long, like a straw, made to shloop! I prod and I poke; I probe and I scoop. I suck up the nectar for my honey tummy. I cook it; I mix it ~ sweet honey, so yummy!  I keep it and store it in my winter pantry, For when food is scarcezzzzz, and nectar is scanty!”

My tongue is so long, like a straw, made to shloop!
I prod and I poke; I probe and I scoop.
I suck up the nectar for my honey tummy.
I cook it; I mix it ~ sweet honey, so yummy!
I keep it and store it in my winter pantry,
For when food is scarcezzzzz, and nectar is scanty!”

As for me, I read Biddle The Bee in a lovely space where actions and songs from the book were sung, and children wrestled with deliberate tongue-twisters such as: “But the bee buzzed by on busy business!” Well! if you were aged between 3 and 7, you’d have fun pronouncing this! And, of course, we danced the Waggle Jive!!! Children love the musicality and rhythm of the rhyme and hearing it read with me imitating all the different voices…doing the bee voice is fun; doing this at my age is even more fun! And, of course, the little ones LOVE the pictures ~ originals courtesy of Marta Pelrine Bacon and coloured with added graphics by yours truly!

Find Biddle The Bee HERE in Kindle (GREAT FOR CLASSROOMS). HERE (where the print version is cheaper than Amazon!)

Next weekend, I will be reading Biddle The Bee at Wisley Gardens!


About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

4 comments on “Story Corner With Dr. NanaPlum: Painshill Park & The Honey Bee Festival

  1. Patricia Tilton
    July 22, 2014

    What privilege to be invited to this special event and share your book in such a beautiful setting. I enjoyed reading your comments about the day!


    • Thank you, Patricia ~ only matter-of-fact stuff and unlike y usual style, but sometimes, a teeny bit of reporting is all there is time for.


  2. thiskidreviewsbooks
    July 24, 2014

    That’s awesome! 🙂


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