Long ago, there was a special kind of flower named Ophelia, whose compassion and generosity was known far and wide. She had opened her bright, colorful petals to provide for many hungry little insects who sought her care and attention. Then one day she heard a strange buzzing sound nearby. “What could that be?” she wondered. She had never seen anything like the small black bug with yellow stripes that gazed back at her in awe. It was a meeting that would change their lives and the course of the entire world, beyond their wildest expectations.
This delightful children’s book is a perfect way for parents, teachers, and caregivers to open discussions with kids ages 3-8 about flowers, bees, and nature, along with friendship, giving, teamwork, and conservation. More than a simple picture book, it will also act as a read-along stepping stone to longer chapter books.
Joseph Summers studied English Literature in college and always had a dream of writing a children’s book, but he shelved the idea over the years in favor of more “practical” goals. Then one evening he met a captivating artist named Maggie, who planted the seed of an idea about a bee. The rest is history.
Joe enjoys traveling and spending time in nature with his son, who teaches him new things every day. He is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and finds purpose in teaching and advocating meditation for self-discovery, mental health and overall well-being.
Maggie Kincade’s life has been centered around art since she was a child. Her love for painting and creating beautiful and unique patterns led her to art
school and a career as a textile designer. This is Maggie’s first foray into the world of children’s illustrations, but surely not her last.