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The History of Bees


The History of Bees

Maja Lunde


Imagine a world with no bees.  Sound good? It’s actually devastating.  When there are no insects to pollinate plants, humans have to do the work.  Bees may love it, but Tao, a professional pollinator in the not too distant future, finds it tedious and backbreaking work.  This story is set in the past, present and future all at the same time, following three stories simultaneously.  


William, a 19thcentury naturalist and bee observer, is trying to perfect a new and better beehive.  George, an early 21stcentury beekeeper is noticing the sudden decline of these insects and worries about the future.  Tao is a pollinator in late 21stcentury.  For her, this is forced labour; there is no choice since all pollination is now done by hand.


These three stories are interwoven with the fate of the bees. As the insects thrive, so do the humans; as they decline, so do their keepers.  This tale speaks of harmony and awareness of the natural world.  It also speaks of devotion and care of our human families.  As these individuals struggle with their professional woes, so do they struggle with their personal relationships.  


This is a fascinating story, which makes us ponder a future that may actually come to pass, because the bee population on our planet is declining dramatically (true fact).  This book does not offer solutions to this problem, but it certainly draws a bleak picture if this decline is not halted.