Bonnie the Honeybee

and The Case of the Butterfly Blues

Children - Fable
30 Pages
Reviewed on 06/15/2011
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Author Biography

Lori would readily admit that she is a child at heart and that's part of what makes writing children's stories so enjoyable for her. The other part has to do with her three children and the delight she has experienced seeing the world through their eyes as they have grown from wee babies to teenagers and young adults.

Lori was born in Minnesota, but was raised from the age of 11 in Carson City, Nevada. She graduated from Bemidji State University in Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science. After working in the corporate world for many years, Lori decided to make a career change and became a Nanny and Pre-School Teacher. The work was so enjoyable that she decided to work with children full time. Continuing to follow her passion for impacting children’s lives, she started the Miss NC Sweetheart Pageants, sponsoring pageants that focused on natural beauty and giving back to the community.

During the different phases of her life, Lori’s passion for writing was always in the background, begging her to find time someday to write, so she became a fulltime freelance writer and editor. Still wanting to continue to impact the lives of children, writing children’s stories that would gently teach children powerful lessons came to the forefront of her goals. Her first children’s book, Bonnie the Honeybee and the Case of the Butterfly Blues, is a result of the culmination of her passion for writing and her desire to impact children’s lives. In the story, Lori addresses the challenge that every child faces at some point in their young lives...trying to see the beauty in themselves compared with everyone else around them and loving themselves just the way they are.

Lori is currently working on several other projects due out in 2011 including The Extraordinary Journal of Jemma Jinx, the journal entries of a precocious 13 year old girl who is going through all of those issues every preteen girl has to deal with and Louie the Ladybug and the Case of the Beetle Bullies,” the story of a boy ladybug and how he handles the teasing and bullying from his peers because he is a boy ladybug.

Lori now lives in North Carolina with her teenage daughters; a dog named Bob, a rabbit named Elvis and has a twenty-year-old son who is bravely serving in the U.S. Army.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Bonnie the Honeybee is sad and will not leave her room because she does not want to be a honeybee anymore. She tells her mom she would rather be a butterfly because butterflies can float through the air looking pretty. So mom honeybee decides to take Bonnie on a little flying trip to show her other insects and explain their purpose for being on the earth. What do you think she tells Bonnie? And do you think Bonnie will still want to be a butterfly after their flying trip?

This is an adorable book about a honeybee family that teaches children how important and unique they are, and that each child has a special purpose in life. I love the way the author uses mom honeybee to teach the children that they may not be beautiful like others, but each one of them is beautiful in his own way.

This is a well written story, easy enough for children to understand clearly the importance of each child’s part in the world. The pictures are adorable, explaining the story to a different height just by following the pictures on each page. They are created in a child-like way with eyes, happy or sad mouths, funny and fun bright colors to capture any child’s interest.

This beautiful book would be a wonderful addition to your home library or any public or school library. My two-year-old niece, my little book critic, loves this book because of the sweet little honeybee and the beauty of the book inside and out.

Susan Mitchell

What an awesome book! This is one of the first steps in teaching our children about self esteem, forming bonds, taking pride in who you are no matter what you are. I bought 12 just to be able to give to kids in my family. First steps in our Children's lives should begin with this book!