Written by Frank R. Stockton. Illustrated by P. J. Lynch. First U.S. edition thus, 2003. (Story first published in 1887.) Candlewick Press. Cambridge, MA.
"In the ancient country of Orn there lived an old man who was called the Bee-man, because his whole time was spent in the company of bees.
"He lived in a small hut which was nothing more than an immense beehive, for these little creatures had built their honeycombs in every corner of the one room it contained - on the shelves, under the little table, all about the rough bench on which the old man sat, and even about the headboard and along the sides of his low bed."
The Bee-man goes on a quest to find his true form, and learns that he was once a baby. A Sorcerer restores him to his original state, but when he grows up, he returns to life as it was. The life he was destined for.
Included: CD on "Making Fairy Tales" by illustrator P. J. Lynch.
Frank R. Stockton (1834 - 1902) was an American writer and humorist, best known for his children's stories and fairy tales. He began his literary career as a journalist, later becoming an editor for various magazines. He published his first book, Ting-a-Ling, in 1870. His most famous story, The Lady or the Tiger, was published in 1882 and has been adapted into many forms of media.
P. J. Lynch (1961 - ) is a renowned illustrator of children's books and a former Laureate na nÓg of Ireland. He has won many awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Christopher Medal, and has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen award for lifetime achievement. He is known for his realistic and detailed style, as well as his ability to capture the emotions and personalities of his characters. Some of his most popular books include The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, The Gift of the Magi, and The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower.
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Condition: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light edge wear; very lightly bumped at corners and head and tail of the spine. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete. CD is in good condition.
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