Friday, May 23, 2014

Bee Helpful by J.W. Edwards III - Excerpt

Bee_Helpful_webFor Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers! (ages 4 - 8) Softcover: Hardcover:

Excerpt: Later on, when the storm had mostly passed, there was only moonlight and the sound of leftover
raindrops. In the middle of it all, little Sunny Bee stood tall on the branch of an old Bay tree that
overlooked the distant flowering fields. He gazed beyond the fields and past the smaller hills
toward the large, full moon.

He remembered Myah and how she taught him what being a friend was all about. Sunny also
remembered how life was at home and began to miss it. He had also missed his supper for the
past two nights. And for the first time in his life, he was on his own.

Sunny looked at the moon for the last time and sighed. He then pulled down a little leaf for
cover and laid himself down to sleep. The chilly night caused his warm yellow color to turn blue.
He slept in that cold, wet place, shivering and occasionally sneezing softly. “Ahh-chooo!”

After a while, a sudden gust of wind woke Sunny up and blew him off the branch. He fell from
branch to branch, finally clinging to one.

A voice spoke out of the darkness. “Well, well, well. A gift-wrapped dinner all for me?” “Oh no,
a spider!” Sunny fretted. “Wait! What if I tell you my story? Will you let me live?”

“I’m sure my heart will find your story very touching, but I have this thing inside me called a
stomach and it has no room for stories, only for food,” said the spider, creeping closer.

“But—I’ll fly away!”

“I have plenty of eyes to see that you are wounded. You can’t fly or defend yourself,” said the
spider, as he got ready to pounce…

About the author:

DSC_0107J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time. J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014. Learn more about this series at
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