Book Review: The Bees – Down in the Garden by D.C. Swain with Anna Bonita


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Book Review: The Bees – Down in the Garden by D.C. Swain with Anna Bonita

Review by Eve Culley

Down in the garden beyond the apple trees, is a fading blue hive, full of busy bees...


Join the bees down in the garden on a day of fun, danger and adventure in this beautifully illustrated picture book. With a whimsical story and crisp, original illustrations, this is a story your children will want to read again and again.


About DC Swain

DC Swain is an author of books for all ages, including the popular "Down in the Garden" and "How High Will It Fly?" picture books, "Crossing Lines" and the "Freddie Figg" series. He believes in creating stories that keep readers engaged, while teaching simple life lessons in his picture books. He has collaborated with illustrators from around the globe and only publishes stories that get his daughters' seal of approval. He lives in a state of permanent chaos with his wife, daughters and the real-life Oakley and Bella.

About Anna Bonita

Anna Bonita is an Illustrator for many children’s books.

Eve’s Review

I think that children, as a rule, are afraid of bees because of the sting they can give.


This story written in rhyme, gives good information about bees in a fun way and may help with that fear.


The illustrations are colorful, humorous and give added depth to the book.

This is a book I will be giving to my small grandchildren.

About Eve


Eve Culley at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Storytelling is as much a part of me as breathing is to my body. I have found that as I tell stories, putting them on paper, it makes room for the other stories that are building and will need to be told soon.


I write for children because of their wonderful imaginations. They are the very best at believing that the probable can become possible.


Nothing is any better than when the reader climbs into the adventure and joins the journey with you.


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You can read Eve’s column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.



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