The Bumblebee Garden

Dawn Casey; Illustrated by Stella Lim

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  • A sweet story of the natural world, with a gentle message about bee conservation
  • Dawn Casey's engaging story teaches young children about the life cycle of bees, and their importance to the ecosystem
  • Stella Lim's luminous illustrations bring Ben's family and the details of the garden to life on the page
  • Features a non-fiction double-page spread showing the life cycle of a queen bee
  • From the creators of Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Ben helps in Grandpa's garden through the year and learns all about the life cycle of the bumblebees. This charming picture book highlights the importance of bee conservation through a lyrical story and luminous illustrations.

275 x 295 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
28 pages
Publication date:
22 Feb 2024


In the chilly early spring, Ben and Grandpa are busy in the garden. Ben spots a fuzzy bumblebee in a cosy coat, just like him. 
As spring turns to summer, Ben learns all about the lives of the bumblebees -- how they grow from eggs into hungry larvae, spin cocoons and finally emerge as bees -- and notices what he has in common with his buzzy friends. When Grandpa explains that bees carry pollen that helps juicy strawberries grow in their garden, Ben asks if they can help the bees in return.
The Bumblebee Garden is a charming, lyrical story that teaches young children about the life cycle of bees, and their importance to the balance of the natural world. The luminous illustrations will inspire readers to celebrate these remarkable, vital insects and help them thrive in their own gardens and nearby green spaces.


'A gentle, lovely introduction to a ubiquitous but lesser-known insect.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'Beautifully illustrated and a fun, informative read from start to finish.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'From the team that brought you Spin a Scarf of Sunshine comes a story about harvesting honey, the lifecycle of a bumblebee queen, and onomatopoetic sounds. So lovely.'
-- School Library Journal

'A good preface for those wanting to learn more about bees. The artwork is wonderful. I enjoyed how we get to see the child's life parallel to that of the bee, and the way he connected the bee's life with his own.'
-- YA Books Central

'What a beautifully illustrated book to describe the lifecycle of queen bees and vital role of bees in an ecosystem... The scope of information is perfect for children, and I loved the relationships between the boy and his grandpa and his little sister. A great storytime option!'
-- NetGalley Reviewer

'A charming, lyrical story that teaches young children about the life cycle of bees, and their importance to the balance of the natural world.'
-- KatysBookShelf (Instagram)

'This is a great children's nature book. If you have a little one that's curious about the lives of bees, or how flowers are pollinated, this is a perfect book for them! It's informative without overwhelming little readers. The illustrations are also adorable and really complete the book.'
-- NetGalley Reviewer


Dawn Casey is the author of picture books and children's story collections inspired by the wonder of the natural world. Her work has won the Gold Nautilus Award for books that support conscious living and received an accolade from the American Folklore Society. Before becoming an author, Dawn worked in publishing and as a primary school teacher. Her picture books include Spin a Scarf of Sunshine and The Bumblebee Garden. Dawn lives with her husband, children and a tabby cat in Sussex, UK.

Stella Lim is an illustrator from South Korea. She studied Fine Art and graduated from Kingston University with a Master of Communication Design. She is the illustrator of Spin a Scarf of Sunshine, Little Blue Bunny and The Bumblebee Garden. Stella lives in Seoul with her family and tabby cat.

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