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THE BEST BEEKEEPER OF LALIBELA by Cristina Kessler

THE BEST BEEKEEPER OF LALIBELA

A Tale from Africa

By Cristina Kessler (Author) , Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: July 15th, 2006
ISBN: 0-8234-1858-8
Publisher: Holiday House

Almaz is a spunky young lady who wants to raise bees and make honey, work that is only done by men in her Ethiopian village of Lalibela. She is ridiculed by a group of male beekeepers, but encouraged to pursue her dream by a young Ethiopian Orthodox priest. When she finally invents a new type of beehive, her detractors realize that her honey is indeed the best in the village. Although the story begins in the past with the hints of a legend describing why the town, also famous for its stone churches, is known for bees and honey, this original tale is set in contemporary times. An author’s note provides some background. Jenkins’s intensely colored mixed-media illustrations, employing both abstract images and realistic faces, depict a traditional society with few hints of modernity. (Picture book. 6-8)