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Children's Fiction Insects, Spiders, Etc.

The Bee Without Wings

by (author) Amberlea Williams

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Insects, Spiders, etc., Death & Dying, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


An unexpected friendship between a girl and a wingless bee warmly teaches young readers about friendship and loss in this heartfelt tale for fans of Charlotte's Web and The Honeybee.

Finding a bumble bee without wings in her garden, Sasha is determined to help it survive, leading to an unexpected friendship. Sasha, Molly the cat, and Bea the bee share a joyful summer together and discover that you don't need wings to fly. When the time comes to say goodbye to Bea, Sasha finds a meaningful way to honor the life of her tiny friend.

The Bee Without Wings is a timeless story of friendship and loss for young readers, beautifully illustrated by author Amberlea Williams. This warm tale includes an activity for creating a bee pollinator garden, along with information on how to care for early spring bees.

About the author

Contributor Notes

When Amberlea Williams was little, she loved drawing so much she ate her crayons. Her artist parents then offered less-edible art supplies and encouraged her to go to art school. She now spends her days illustrating, doing freelance graphic design, and teaching yoga. Williams lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband, son, and cat.

Editorial Reviews

“This story is beautifully told… the pages are full of sincere emotions—from grief and mourning to joyous revelry—all exquisitely rendered with gouache and colored pencils in soothing nature colors. If you’ve never fallen in love with a bee, you will here.”