S: CHARLES THE HONEY BEE BY KAREN BRADFORD
BC: The original version of Charles the Honey Bee I wrote as a example for an assignment in one of my English classes. The pictures were drawn with pencil. These pictures are scanned reproductions of the originals and cropped to fit the page. A special thanks to Sarah Wentworth for letting me use her illustrations in this book.
FC: CHARLES THE HONEY BEE
1: CHARLES THE HONEY BEE written by Karen Bradford illustrated by Sarah Wentworth published during block 1 ELA 2008
3: Charles the honey bee was a member of the best known honey bee family around. His family made the sweetest honey in all of Cloverville and enjoyed sharing it with good friends and relatives. Charles was the family delivery man. He would fly miles a day in order to make sure that no one's honey jar ever went empty.
5: Charles was making his usual Tuesday delivery to Aunt Bea's house one summer day when he came across a patch of dandelions. The dandelions looked so warm and inviting and Charles was so tired from all of his deliveries that he decided to sit for awhile. "Just for a minute," Charles thought. "I'll only rest for a minute." He then shut his little honey bee eyes and drifted off to sleep. When Charles woke up from his bee-nap, he felt refreshed and continued to his aunt's house to deliver her honey." Aunt Bea must be wondering where I am," Charles said. "I think I'd better hurry along."
7: Aunt Bea was waiting for Charles on her porch. Upon seeing Charles she gasped, "What happened Charles? Where have you been? Do you feel ill?" "Oh, I feel fine Aunt Bea. Sorry to have worried you. I was a bit tired and decided to stop for a little nap on the way." "Well dear, come in for a bit of tea and honey." Charles loved tea and honey; he just didn't know why she was fussing over him. "Sure, Aunt Bea. Tea and honey sound great."
9: Once inside, Aunt Bea got on the phone with Dr. Buzzabout and asked him to come over right away. Charles even though he heard the word URGENT in her conversation. He wondered what was going on. Was Aunt Bea sick? Did one of his family members become ill? He was really beginning to worry. Aunt Bea looked at Charles with her large bug eyes and said, "It will be OK, Charles. The doctor will know what to do. Everything will be OK. You'll see." More confused than ever, Charles began to cry. "Aunt Bea, I just need to know who is sick. Why did you call Dr. Buzzabout?"
11: Aunt Bea handed Charles a small mirror from her purse. "Now don't be alarmed,Charles, but you've lost your stripes. I'm sure Dr. Buzzabout has a perfectly reasonable answer for this. Just remain calm until he gets here." Charles looked in the mirror. Sure enough, there was not a black stripe on him anywhere. His round little body was still fluffy and yellow, but the black pin stripes seemed to have disappeared. Charles was caught off guard by his unusual sunny color. He had no answer. This made him cry even more.
13: Aunt Bea poured Charles another cup of tea and told him to drink it slowly. Tea and honey would make him feel better in no time. Charles drank the tea but still was worried about his disappearing stripes. He would be the laughing stock of the whole town. There had to be a cure or else the family business would be sunk. There is no way the most respected honey bee family in town could have a son without stripes! Charles may even have to move away to spare his family the embarrassment.
15: Deep in his thoughts, Charles wasn't watching what he was doing. He spilled the tea and honey all over himself and the hive. "Oh, Aunt Bea, things just keep getting worse. I'm so sorry." "Sorry? Dear me. Look at your belly!" exclaimed Aunt Bea. Charles slowly looked down at his fuzzy yellow belly dripping with tea and honey. "I'm so clumsy sometimes. Why do I have to...Wait!" shouted Charles. "My stripes. Look Aunt Bea! They're back." "I see Charles. What do you suppose is happening?" Aunt Bea questioned.
17: "Oh man, now I know. When I stopped for a nap, I rested on a patch of dandelions. I'm covered in yellow dandelion. I didn't loose my stripes at all. See." Charles started brushing himself off as fast as he could. Sure enough, stripes started reappearing. Every single one of them. "What a relief!" Charles happily shouted. "I'm not sick after all." Aunt Bea helped Charles finish cleaning himself up and sent him on his way home. "No naps on the way now, you hear?" Aunt Bea commented as Charles flew off. "I promise Aunt Bea. No more naps for me."
19: Charles made it home just as it was time for the family business to close for the evening. "Let's go home and have some tea and honey," said Charles's mom. "Yes," said Charles. "I absolutely love tea and honey." "During tea time, Charles told his entire day's events to his family. "I'll never stop for a nap again. Well, at least not in a dandelion patch."