The Very Tired Honey Bee

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2021
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Author Biography

When Annie falls asleep, she visits a magical place she calls Dreamland...

My youngest, Annie is a night owl with a wild imagination, a thirst for knowledge and a talent for avoiding bedtime!

Annie in Dreamland, was born out of an attempt to 'promote' sleep as fun.

Annie and I would imagine characters she could visit in her dreams.

Sewing the seeds of a story and encouraging Annie to continue the adventure in 'Dreamland', actually worked!

So, I got to thinking...

Could I take the idea to print?

In March 2020, the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent loss of my business, gave me the opportunity I needed.

I sat down and put one of the stories down on paper.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

As Annie falls asleep each night, she slips into a special place she calls her Dreamland. Here she can do whatever she wants. It’s a fun place to be. One night, she dreams of walking through her backyard. She’s startled by a tiny voice calling out for help. Looking down, she notices a honeybee lying on the ground, resting. Fortunately, Annie didn’t step on the honeybee. The honeybee introduces herself as Beatrice and explains why she is so tired. Annie offers to help and in the magic of Dreamland, Annie shrinks in size, adds some stripes, wings and antennae, and flies off to help Beatrice collect nectar from the garden. It’s a grand adventure and Annie even gets to tour the inside of the beehive and meet the Queen bee. While having fun, Annie learns a lot about honeybees. Guess what she wants for breakfast when she wakes up the next morning?

Tony Searle’s picture book story, The Very Tired Honey Bee, is a clever way to introduce young readers to the wonders and importance of honeybees. The plot follows a little girl’s trip into Dreamland and her interaction with a friendly, busy, and tired little honeybee. Each step of Annie’s adventure with Beatrice is a learning experience for both Annie and the young reader. The author uses simple language and moving words to trace the story with fun and adventure, as well as imparting important honeybee knowledge. As a bonus, there is an interesting fact sheet on honeybees at the end of the book. There is so much we don’t know and appreciate about the importance of honeybees: how they pollinate flowers, collect nectar for the hive to make honey, and, something often overlooked, how well they work as a team. A wonderful way to inspire young readers to dream and to understand and appreciate all the wonders of nature, especially the honeybees. Love the illustrations!

Jane Booth

Bee-utiful little book!
This is a really lovely well illustrated story book for young children to read either on their own or with a parent and it's educational too, as there is a small section at the end that teaches them about bees. I recommend it.


A wonderful adventure
A well written book about a wonderful adventure. This will sure to delight younger children.
The importance of the essential honey bee is weaved within the story, which will help little ones understand why we need them and why they are so fascinating.

Mun Kee

What a lovely story! Kept my 4 year old engaged all the way through and is the perfect balance of adventure and education. Highly recommend this book and hope the author has more to come!

Joanne Repton

Bee-witching! This is a wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book! The story is completely believable whilst transporting the reader into another world! Also full of amazing facts about honey bees, and explains why we should all be concerned about their welfare, protection and conservation.

Joanne H

I purchased this as a gift for a friend's daughter who is 7. It's perfect. A magical but educational tale. The storyline is really captivating and is really well illustrated. Much bigger book than I anticipated and more pages too.
Would definately recommend and purchase again as a gift.


This is a great story that introduces children to the life of a honey bee, and is beautifully illustrated. My grand children loved it.

Miss K

Very Impressed! Received this book today. Lovely sized book. My daughter really enjoyed the story and it was lovely to discover it was also educational and had extra facts to learn too. Looking forward to any future stories from this author

Anthony Weaver

This book is a great way to teach children about bees and how important they are. It’s done in a very clever way by bring it alive into a fun children’s story. The illustrations are great. Would recommend this book to any parent.

Abbey Warner

Wonderfully Illustrated Book With A Fabulous Lesson - Perfect For Children

What a wonderful find - combining education with a lovely, heart warming story and gorgeous illustrations - it was so lovely to follow Annie's adventure with the bees. Looking forward to the next instalment.

Julie Fitzgerald

What a fantastic book, a brilliant and interesting read to learn about bee's, so much to look at in the colourful pictures, what a lucky girl annie was to experience such a wonderful dreamland, this is a must buy book.

Bowser’s Dad

Thumbs up for young children.

Educational story following the work of a bee to produce honey. Text is very clear and illustrations vibrant. Bought for my niece, who is at primary school but I learnt a few things myself!


Lovely book for the kids and very educational can’t wait for the next one by Tony Searle!

Sarah Katie Wilson

A lovely addition to my little girls book shelf. So beautifully written and i especially love the "Did you know" facts about bees

Stephen Eaton

Highly Recommend this Great Children's Book.
Excellent book, great read and nicely illustrated, can't wait for the next in the series.

Miss S A Ling

Informative beautiful story!
Amazing book told beautifully and illustrated fantastically


My daughter loves it. Great book

Mrs C Doolan

Amazing! Fab book my 7 year old loves it


Lovely book, my little one loves it.


Fantastic book, great story and the kids (and adults..) get to learn a bit too!

Loved every bit of this book, from the illustrations to the great storyline- my sons new favourite!