Just One Bee
Christopher Nielsen (Text: Margrete Lamond & Anthony Bertini)
Publisher: Dirt Lane Press (WestWords imprint)
ISBN: 9780648023890
Awards Year: 2022
Category: Picture Book of the Year


JUST ONE BEE is a story of hope, determination and never giving up: the story of One-bee and her dream to revert desolate wastes back to fields of flowers.

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The CBCA judges say...

The language here is poetic and balanced, and the illustrations use a limited palette and stark design to create an arid effect in this flower-less dystopia. There is a strong sense of place with the environment itself developed as a key character. On the surface, this is the story of three bees who question their own power and place in creating a more sustainable future. But these characters are rich representations of climate deniers and activists in the real world and the book helps readers to consider their own role in climate change and the importance of resilience and working together to make a positive impact. The shifts in tone, from bleak and barren to vibrant fields of flowers, are affective and create a sense of hope and optimism.

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