Curiosity is built into children. We hope to inspire children and parents to utilize this natural curiosity to investigate the value of life, even to the tiniest creatures and smallest seeds.
Our mission is to introduce children and parents to the miracles of nature surrounding them, and and with those observations, to apply life lessons.
My sister, Sharyl Calhoun, is a Reading Recovery teacher and author. A few years ago, she wrote a children's book, Grandpa's Tree, inspired by her grandson, about a "critter"--a squirrel--which busied himself planting "tree-eggs." The book is beautifully illustrated by Jennifer Ellingwood. A year or so later, she was inspired to write Grandpa's Hidden Gold Farm for children after watching a beekeeper at work. I had the privilege of illustrating the book. Our imaginations were captured and inspired by tiny honeybees! With the book, we want to share the joy of tiny critters as they busy themselves with their daily activities.
As happens, one book led to another...a coloring book, then a unit study about pollination for early elementary children.
"A bee will find some flowers. She will make a thousand stops...."
Grandpa's Hidden Gold Farm by Sharyl Calhoun
GRANDPA'S HIDDEN GOLD FARM COLORING BOOK
Beekeepers and educators encouraged us to incorporate more ideas into Grandpa's Hidden Gold Farm and to make a book that they could give away with their presentations to school, homeschool, and 4-H groups. We put together a simple coloring book, subtitled "A look at beekeeping through the eyes of a child" to help children understand beekeeping and honey bees a little better. The characters include:
- A well-informed little girl who tells her story, enjoys some honey on toast, and observes the cycle of honey from flower to the store
- The amazing bees, who are seen reading Aunt Bee's recipe, acquiring nectar from flowers, pollinating flowers which will grow into fruit and bringing their treasure home
- Adventurous beekeeper Aunt Anne, who rescues a swarm of bees from the side of a house
- Hardworking beekeeper Grandpa, who puts on protective veil and gloves to work on the beehives
- a honey cycle diagram
- a diagram of parts of a hive
- a beehive tool page
Isn't the inside of a nasturtium amazing? What butterfly wouldn't want to land here?