The Bee People: free e-book

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The Bee People was written by Margaret Warner Morley in 1905 as a book for children about honeybees; their biology, their social habits, their work as pollinators, and their honey.

I picked it up as a curiosity but you know what? It’s a pretty solid bee book for kids. 

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Gotta love an author who is talking bee thorax’s on one page and on another imploring children to hurry up and grow so that they can read the Greek classics. All the while calling the worker bees ‘Miss Apis’.

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That would have been an awful lot of honey, to feed (and poison) 10 thousand troops… methinks some other factors might have been at play. But it’s a bit late to argue that with Xenophon 2,500 years later.

Possibly incorrect historical asides apart, I can’t wait to read this book to our kiddo. Alongside another treasure Tim Malfroy put us onto: The Bee Man of Orn – a kids story written at the turn of the century that has been re-issued many times with different illustrators, including an edition illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Mr Where the wild things are)… still searching for a copy of the Sendak  version though.

Anyway. The Bee people we have. Huzzah. Here it is:

You can read the whole book via the Scribd reader above, or click on the download icon in the reader above to download it as a pdf.

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  • narf77

    Milkwood…you are a unique institution! I love this post…I love EVERY post. So much information, so much precious knowledge AND you share it all with us, the great unwashed and feral who want to get down and dirty with the world as we should :). Thank you again for this wonderful post and the free-bee (sorry, couldn’t help myself 😉 )

    • milkwoodkirsten

      ha! no worries honey.

  • Serenity

    Reblogged this on Serenity's Musings.

  • Adam Shand

    Nice links, thanks. Sendak’s version of “Bee Man of Orn” is available on Amazon second hand (it’s expensive):

    You can browse it online at the Harper Collins website:

    Or a non-illustrated version is available at Project Gutenberg for free download:

    • milkwoodkirsten

      Thanks shandy! Found it on eBay also… Hmm options

  • mossgrownstone


  • mescribe83

    Reblogged this on From Swords to Plowshares and commented:
    Some children stories about the life and loves of bees. Written a hundred years ago, so take with a grain of salt

  • Dale

    Hi Milkwood Folk,
    :) This may just get me to drop in to the corner hardware store to see Les who owns it and in his spare time makes the odd bee hive box in the back of the shop. He’s got colonies down in Mornington. Lovely.

  • Kimberly Christensen

    I am one year into keeping bees. I love reading your insights and inspirations. Thank you!

  • Kimberly Christensen

    Reblogged this on Bee Nerdy and commented:
    The farmers at Milkwood led me to this free e-book about bees, written 100 years ago. You can read online or download it. I’m looking forward to exploring this one with the kids, and to comparing what we know now with what we knew about bees 100 years ago.