When the Bees Fly Home


Andrea Cheng (Author), Joline McFadden (Illustrated by)

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Jonathan isn’t as strong or physical as his brother and can’t seem to please his beekeeper dad when he tries to help on the farm.

Worried about the drought that has caused a big decrease in honey production, his dad is irritable and remote, seemingly unable to offer the acceptance that Jonathan yearns for. But one sleepless night Jonathan joins his mother in the kitchen making beeswax candles for sale, and discovers an outlet for his artistic talents that will make a big contribution to the family finances.  

  • Bee-fact sidebars buzz through this human story about a child trying to please his father.
  • In this expanded paperback edition, an “About Bees” appendix offers further natural history about these vital and fascinating insects.
  • Helps us see that sensitive, artistic boys have their own special place.
Fountas & Pinnell Level O


“With magical pictures and a captivating story, When the Bees Fly Home tells of a family learning to celebrate two very different sons.” — Anne K. Fishel, Director, Family and Couples Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

“The warmth of acceptance shines through.” — Phyllis Kennemer, Children’s Literature

“Captivating watercolors accompany this moving story of a boy whose search for acceptance leads him to discover his own abilities.” — Booklist

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