Mr. Bumble by Kim Kennedy

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Anyone who's ever fumbled and stumbled while everyone else is gracefully gliding knows exactly how Mr. Bumble feels. This poor bumblebee can't land on a flower without tumbling head over wings. All the other bees busily gather buckets of pollen for the Queen Bee, but Mr. Bumble comes back empty-handed every time. Fed up, the Queen fusses at him: "Dents are all you seem to gather!" One day, the Queen announces the discovery of a brand-new clover patch, dripping with golden pollen dust. She sends her minions on their way, but Mr. Bumble, as usual, lags behind. What if someone mean lives there, he wonders nervously. And someone does live in the new clover patch, but not anyone Mr. Bumble could have imagined. Charming Mr. Bumble, though different from his peers, shows that even those who have a little more difficulty in life can overcome obstacles (especially if there's a fairy or two on hand) and "learn to fly." The Kennedy siblings, unlike their winged creation, never bumble. Doug Kennedy's pictures of Her Majesty's hive and lush flower-jungles glow with a golden light. The duo's lesson is clear: work hard and be patient; victory will be sweet as honey. (Ages 4 to 8)
 

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Kim Kennedy and her brother Doug Kennedy have collaborated oKim Kennedy and her brother Doug Kennedy have collaborated on several book projects. "Publishers Weekly" said they creatn several book projects. "Publishers Weekly" said they create fantasy situations that evoke 19th-century fairy stories .e fantasy situations that evoke 19th-century fairy stories . . . [The] paintings have the spirit of early animation with . . [The] paintings have the spirit of early animation with a touch of Oz. Both live in the bayou town of Monroe, Louis a touch of Oz. Both live in the bayou town of Monroe, Louisiana. iana. Kennedy studied graphic design at Louisiana Tech University, then co-founded the design from Mojoware with his twin brother, John.
 
Published January 27, 2012 by Disney Pr. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A motivational tale starring ``the clumsiest bee that ever buzzed.'' Bumbling, fumbling, tumbling, Mr. Bumble drops his freight of pollen every time, returning to his queen with a bucket full of dents.

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""A Victorian sensibility lends an air of enchantment to this story of a fumbling bumblebee,"" said PW.

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Doug Kennedy's delicate acrylic paintings have the spirit of early animation with a touch of Oz: the bees, fairies and thin-stemmed flowers have human faces, and the dome of the beehive holds the Queen's golden throne room (lit by fireflies).

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