Our Patricia Polacco story today was The Bee Tree.
This is the tale of a little girl who exclaims that she doesn't want to read, but would rather play. Her wise grandfather takes were on a rather wild and exhausting trip following a bee to a bee tree, so that they can get some delicious honey. At home later, he dabs a little honey on the front page of the book, and has the little girl taste it.
"There is such sweetness inside of that book too!" he said thoughtfully. "Such things . . . adventure, knowledge, and wisdom. But these things do not come easily. You have to pursue them. Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so you must also chase these things through the pages of a book!"
After reading, we all enjoyed some herbal tea, sweetened with honey from the honey straws donated by the Pritts family (thank you!). We also decorate some special bookmarks, each inscribed with "Reading is SWEET!", as we listened to a Magic School Bus book about honeybees.