Synopses & Reviews
Based on a true story, The Royal Bee is an elegantly written tale that pays tribute to a young boy's courage and strength of character. Song-ho is a young Korean boy destined by birth to a life of poverty. Barred from going to school--only the sons of wealthy families could attend--he dreams of learning to read and write. Then one day he hears the sound of a school bell and follows it deep into the valley. There, the school master turns him away, but Song-ho's boldness and determination earn him a chance at gaining an education nevertheless. Dramatically illustrated with richly textured oil paintings, the story offers glimpses of daily life in Korea a century ago--for both the rich and the poor.
Young Song-ho is not allowed to go to school in Korea a century ago because his family is poor. One day he discovers a beautiful school sheltered among golden rain trees. Then he does something that changes his life forever. His courage and determination open new doors literally and figuratively, for himself and his offspring.
About the Author
and Ginger Park
are sisters who also co-authored My Freedom Trip
. They both live in the Washington, D.C. area.
Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang is the illustrator of Moon Festival by Ching Yeung Russell. He divides his time between his native China and New London, Connecticut.