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Reviewed by Irene Valentine for Readers' Favorite
The Bees, the Bag, and the Artist by K.C. Morcom is an engaging story about the life-changing impact of kindness and perseverance. Beautiful color paintings on every page illustrate the recent chapter in the lives of two artists. Ron, an older man, after 5 years of exhibiting his art at craft markets spontaneously decides to open his own art shop! He loves inspiring artists to develop their skills. He also loves seeing the joy that purchasing a special, unique item brings to the buyer. His adult children and his wife Kimmie help him set up his store. And so “The Tasmanian Artisan Shop” is born where artists from all over the island display their art. Ron’s dream of sharing his passion is expressed in his patience in encouraging and mentoring other artists. Kaz is one of these artists, also a writer, who has been struggling through several chapters of life’s hardships. She intends to publish an illustrated storybook to inspire others and needs to sell her artwork to fund the publishing. Kaz discovers "The Tasmanian Artisan Shop" and meets Ron, who becomes her friend and mentor. The story is current, based on real-life events with the backdrop of the global challenges of 2020/21.
Part 2 of The Bees, the Bag, and the Artist is all about bees. Kaz’s own special gift from Ron’s Artisan Shop is a hand-crafted matching handbag and purse adorned with bees and glitter. Her keen interest in bees and her life’s intention to inspire others have resulted in this compilation of many interesting facts about honeybees. I had not known there are 20 000 bee species! I found the history of beekeeping from the time of the Egyptians fascinating. K.C.Morcom’s stories and her detailed illustrations are sure to provoke many discussions for reading children. The lifecycle of the honeybee and its importance in our world will inspire readers of all ages.