Beeswing Makes Friends


Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2018
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Author Biography


James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens are screen and television writers who have written everything from the iconic Chuck Norris films MISSING IN ACTION, INVASION USA and THE DELTA FORCE to ICE DREAMS, a Hallmark Channel romantic drama that was nominated by MovieGuide.org for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Television.

A few years ago, we were inspired to write PENDRAGON, a feature film screenplay for a contemporary fantasy adventure movie based on ancient Arthurian legends.

Every time a friend or colleague read the script, they would tell us that they couldn't stop thinking about one of our characters: BEESWING,the lovable little golden dragon.

They kept bugging us, asking when BEESWING was going to have his own movie, or TV show, or book. O f course, we loved BEESWING too, and it didn't take too much encouragement to get us to sit down and write BEESWING MAKES FRIENDS.

We shared the first draft with Daniela Frongia, who illustrated Elizabeth's first book, MISTER D: A Children's Picture Book About Overcoming Doubts and Fears.

Daniela fell in love with BEESWING and when she sent us her first sketch, we knew that she had captured BEESWING and his friends perfectly.

~ James Bruner & Elizabeth Stevens

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Beeswing Makes Friends is a children’s picture book written by James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens, and illustrated by Daniela Frongia. Long ago, before there were buildings and cities and the time we all think of as familiar, Beeswing played and danced and sang with his friends. He was a small, golden dragon, who, like other dragons, could breathe fire, but he rarely did. While he had lots of friends, his three most special friends were Fred, his teddy bear; Blinky Blanky, his security blanket; and Songbox, who had an endless assortment of songs that she sang. Beeswing’s friends would love to watch him sing along with her, because he’d often emit fanciful-shaped smoke puffs as he sang. One day, Beeswing, Fred, Blinky Blanky and Songbox were so very tired from their play. They all fell into a very deep sleep. When they finally woke up, they discovered a very different world.

James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens’ children’s picture book, Beeswing Makes Friends, is a lovely fable that had me remembering hearing the Washington Irving story about Rip Van Winkle when I was a child. What if you fell asleep for years, and everything was changed when you woke up? This story will particularly resonate with kids whose worlds have changed, either because of a relocation or starting in a new school. Breaking the ice and making those first new friends can seem so hard for shy or even more gregarious kids. Reading this book at story time can be a perfect way to begin a conversation about making friends. Daniela Frongia’s illustrations are brightly colored and cheerful, and they work quite well with the story line. Beeswing Makes Friends is most highly recommended.