King Solomon and the bee

by Renberg, Dalia Hardof.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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North Versailles Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 398.22 RENB
Location  North Versailles Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 398.22 RENB
A retelling of the traditional tale about a bee that repays King Solomon's kindness by helping him solve the Queen of Sheba's riddle.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-8. Renberg retells a traditional tale with roots in the Bible. King Solomon is visiting his garden when a small bee accidently stings his nose. Solomon is angry at first and then laughs when the bee says that someday he may be able to do him a favor. That day comes when the queen of Sheba arrives to test Solomon's vaunted wisdom with puzzles and riddles. The last test involves bouquets of artificial flowers--and one bunch that is real. Solomon is having trouble picking out the real flowers as the queen requests, until the bee flies directly to them. This simple story is fresh and appealing. The brightly colored pictures, accented with masses of flowers on every page, are occasionally stiff, but they do have child appeal. Kids will especially like the two-page spread that is crowded with insects flying around the pages. An author's note chronicles the interesting derivation of this story. (Reviewed June 1994)0060228997Ilene Cooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Renberg's ( The Complete Family Guide to Jewish Holidays ) adaptation of a tale recorded by folklorist and storyteller Hayyam Nahman Bialik (1873-1934), a bee mistakes King Solomon's nose, with its ``roselike fragrance and bananalike grace,'' for a flower and accidentally stings the royal schnoz. Solomon flies into a rage, but eventually pardons the abashed bee. Humming with gratitude, the bee eventually repays the king's mercy by helping him answer the Queen of Sheba's greatest riddle; unfortunately, while Renberg makes much of the queen's conundrums, she never explains just why it is so important for Solomon to solve them, and her narrative, accordingly, loses its oomph. Heller ( The Korean Cinderella ; Chickens Aren't the Only Ones ) populates her illustrations with beautifully delineated, jewel-toned flora and fauna as well as an assortment of bijoux bugs. Period costumes supply atmosphere, and the overall ambiance is indeed of a land of milk and honey. Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Solomon, -- King of Israel -- Legends.
Solomon, -- King of Israel.
Jews -- Folklore.
Publisher New York, NY :HarperCollins,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Heller, Ruth, 1924-2004
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0060228997 :
0060229020 (lib. bdg.)
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