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The Bee Tree

The Malaysian Star

A magical coming of age

"The Bee Tree is a tale about how a young man undergoes a rite of passage that has been passed down for many generations that of becoming a honey-hunter. It is a rite with ancient cultural roots and deep respect for the natural world with which it is connected. This natural world comprises not only the giant honey bees which produce the honey and the mighty trees where they make their nests, but the broader rainforest ecosystem of Tasik Pedu of which they are a part.

Beautifully written and remarkably illustrated, the story follows the heart-warming journey of a teenager in learning the skills and rituals associated with this rite. In the process he, and the readers, become part of a magical world of special relationships, enduring beliefs and amazing beauty.

Interestingly, at the back of the book is substantial background information on the Tasik Pedu rainforest, the bees and the honey-hunters on which the book is based (Targeted at a North American readership, this write-up actually begins with a section on Malaysia). Children will enjoy The Bee Tree and hopefully learn from this inspirational tribute to the rainforest stewards of Tasik Pedu."
- S.L. Wong, March 4, 2007 

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