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King Solomon and the Bee

Renberg, Dalia H.

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ISBN 10: 0060229020 / ISBN 13: 9780060229023
Published by HarperCollins Children's Book Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine
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Title: King Solomon and the Bee

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Illustrator: Heller, Ruth (illustrator)

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A lavishly illustrated retelling of an ancient story, part of which comes from the Talmud, concerns the promise that a bee makes to the great King Solomon after it stings him on the nose.

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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.
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