Bee Boy and the Moonflowers

Publisher: Graffeg

Review

Asin is sent into the treacherous desert mountains to find the rare and magical Moonflowers that grow on the highest mountain ridges. Only bees that have fed on the Moonflowers’ pollen will produce the magical Silver Honey: the only thing that will heal Asin’s family from their malaise.

Taking the family’s beehives, a camel and enough water for ten days, Asin bravely ventures forth to find the Moonflowers, but his journey is perilous. Yet with the help of a mysterious bear and a number of children enchanted as birds, Asin makes his way home and brings healing to his family.

This unusual, mythic-feeling story is one of a series of tales from Welsh publisher Graffeg that explore the deeper and sometimes darker side of our connection with the natural world. Asin’s journey is reminiscent of many fairy tales where a child journeys into a dangerous environment in search for a magical cure for his or family, and the imagery of the harsh yet magical mountains is full of resonance.

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