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Jam & Honey

Written by Melita MoralesAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Melita Morales
Illustrated by Laura J. BryantAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Laura J. Bryant

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A little girl is on her way to gather berries, berries to make jam when she gets home. A little bee is on its way to gather nectar, nectar to make honey for her honeycomb. Their meeting in the same berry patch shines a gentle light on a common childhood fear from two points of view. This picture book provides a sweet way to convey even to the youngest child the importance of understanding and respecting all creatures.


The Girl:
I'm going to pick berries, all by myself,
enough to fill the bucket high on the shelf.
When I come home, we'll make a treat,
sweet jam on toast for me to eat.

The scratchy branches could scrape my knees,
but I'm more scared of the buzzing bees.
Mama says hold still, they will fly away.
Bees want nectar, so I'll be okay!

The Bee:
I'm going to get nectar, all on my own,
nectar from the vines where the flowers have grown.
We'll make honey when I come home,
sweet honey to fill our honeycomb.

Through scratchy branches I can duck and dive.
It's people that scare me when I leave the hive.
Mama says fly high, they will move away.
People want berries, so I'll be okay!

Melita Morales|Laura J. Bryant

About Melita Morales

Melita Morales - Jam & Honey
MELITA MORALES is an art educator, artist, performing arts presenter, and art house curator. She holds degrees in art and secondary school education and teaches art at Marin County Day School. About Jam & Honey, she writes: "I often watch students and adults jump up from a picnic and sprint away from food to escape a buzzing bee. The book arose from an understanding that bees are critical to our biodiversity. Besides that, they give us the delicious treat of honey!"

About Laura J. Bryant

Laura J. Bryant - Jam & Honey
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


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