Bee Helpful by J.W. Edwards III ~ Book Excerpt

For Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers!

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Later on at sunset, Sunny arrived at the majestic Grandfather tree and could hardly believe his eyes. “Grandfather Oak, can you hear me?” “Who awakened me?” a deep voice responded.  

Sunny backed away before answering, “I did. I’m Sunny Bee requesting your help, sir. We desperately need rain over there beyond those hills.”

“Patience! Rain will come by January. Your request is unnecessary.”

“But a sunflower needs it now!” Sunny blurted. “She can’t live for much longer without it.”

“Flowers come and go, leaves fall from a tree…What must be—must be,” sighed Grandfather Oak.

Sunny’s mouth trembled and his insides crumbled. “But sir, this flower...” He wiped the tears
from his eyes. “ my friend.”

The old tree’s eyes widened and then looked away. “You seem sincere, but I cannot interfere. Your request is hereby denied. Go and be with your friend while there is still time.”

“I can’t go back without water,” Sunny sniffled. “I will sit on this rock until you help us.” Grandfather Oak grunted and looked away. 

Sunny waited on the rock all night thinking of Myah and sighed when he heard Grandfather Oak snoring. 

The next day Grandfather Oak, along with many other creatures, noticed Sunny was still there, but said nothing.

Sunset had come again and a leaf falling from Grandfather Oak captured Sunny’s attention on its way to the ground. “Myah!” he blurted and wiped his eyes. “Hold on! I’ll never give up trying.”

Again, he waited long into the night.

About the author:

DSC_0107J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time. J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014.

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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