Baby Bee Finds a Flower on a Book Form

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A Reading Recovery Book

Today, I am sharing once again the revised format of the very first children's story I wrote with my daughter Pinky. She feels very proud about it and hopes to see the story in book form very soon. She is even inspired to help me write more stories. Hahaha. This is really exciting and heart-warming. I love you, Pinky. This is not promotion of the book, but a learning that children's books must be written with clear objective in mind that includes skills development along content and structure.

It has the same title with slight changes in the way it is written to show pattern that is both child and teacher-friendly. The story is illustrated by a local artist and edited by reading teachers guided by some standards in teaching-learning process specifically along the teaching of reading. The output, the process it went through, the features they added, the little things on restructuring the story - they all make me feel proud that the story has come to its final form just waiting to be out soon.

I am excited how the reading audience expecially the children will receive this book, including the teachers who will be delivering the goods. I would love to know them, looking forward to gaining more wisdom from the experience of the curriculum implementers and inspiration to craft some more stories for the children and for the child-at heart.

I will try to upload the book format, but even if I fail, I have reserved this bigger page following so that the story can be available right before you. Withou much ado, here is the story:


Fly. Fly. Fly.

It's a gloomy afternoon.

Baby Bee flies over a green garden.

"The flowers are not open," said Baby Bee.

Cry. Cry. Cry.

Baby Bee cries so hard.

She flies over another garden.

"The flowers are not open also," said Baby Bee.

Swing. Swing. Swing.

A Praying Mantis swings on a leaf.

He sees Baby Bee crying over the leaves.

Tear. Tear. Tear.

"Why do you cry?" asked the Praying Mantis.

"The flowers are not open," said Baby Bee.

"And I am thirsty.:

Look. Look. Look.

"See that big flower over there?" said Praying Mantis.

"Yes, it is big," said Baby Bee.

Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.

"But this big flower is not open also," said Baby Bee.

"Tomorrow, it will open," said Praying Mantis.

Play. Play. Play.

Baby Bee and Praying Mantis play until dark.

Praying Mantis reads a book.

At last, Baby Bee falls asleep.

In the morning, the flower is open.

Baby Bee sips the nectar from the flower.

"It is delicious."

"Thank you," Baby Bee said to Praying Mantis.


This is the whole story. Hopefully, this will be more enticing and exciting for all the children and the young once.

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Comments 22 comments

Tuneinnow profile image

Tuneinnow 4 years ago from South Africa

Very nicely done


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

Your choice of a baby bee as the main character should be well receive. Filipino children have come to associate the "bubuyog"(bee) with the friendly mascot of a popular burger franchise. I would guess that the choice was probably suggested by your daughter Pinky. :)

There is much to be desire regarding books use by public school children here in the Philippines. Patronage in the dept. of Education is needed if you want to have your books publish and use in the school curriculum. This has been a source of graft and corruption. Incompetently written, many with misspelled words and factual inconsistency, All in pursuit of a quick buck and to the detriment of school children.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Truly interesting report. thanks


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

TUNEINNOW: Thank you very much for leaving a comment.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much for your observations SILENTREED. It is true that the schools need books, but not books of low quality. It is desired that books for the schools be carefully thought out, creatively presented, objective focused, and skills development oriented in order that the efforts of preparing them will not be wasted. So even in the abundance of books in the schools and in the bookstores, nothing can supplement the materials prepared by the teachers who are actually feeling the need because nobody else can understand the context where they are in but themselves who face the children everyday who are hunger-stricken by knowledge.

For one, it is very important that characters played in the books should have to be close to hearts of the children. These characters will already capture their interest and so they are expected to be glued to them and find how they will respond to the stories and characterization these characters offer.

Furthermore, it is saddening that the school leaders and others have fallen prey to the culture of graft and corruption, others have been enslaved already, and only very few can stand against the tide of this seemingly engulfing culture with closed eyes, mummed lips, and aching hearts. It will take a very brave soul to counter such malpractice in the midst of people who have found normalcy in it. Nobody else but vigilant persons who cannot be pursued by juicy invitations of getting peoples money to enrich their pockets.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much again for dropping by and leaving a note here. Keep visiting.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Congrats, Sir Don. It will inspire children to know the importance of insects in our environment, especially bees.

Don't forget to send me a copy of it soon.:)


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Ino. I hope it will come out soon. It's presented with colorful background, an illustrator was hired to do it. I am excited.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Why not hire me? It's free. I think I'm late presenting myself on this commissioned work of yours (lol!). Maybe on your next venture, I can offer my artworks, Sir Don. :)


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Iyo ano? Thank you for that, many stories need to be written for gradient. It will be a great help if you can be part of the illustrating team. Why not?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Thanks, Sir Don. Medyo kasi kinakalawang na kamay ko (hehehe!). Check my cousin's work (Hermes Alegre). He's also illustrating children's books. Kaya lang siguro commercial na prize niya kasi in-demand na 'ata siya. He's from Camarines Norte and a well-known impressionist artist.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Ok po. By this time, The Reading Recovery Section of DepEd Region V engages only teachers who are very good illustrators of books, so I could not really recommend. That's part of the cost-cutting strategies for the regional office. So far, the books which are up for printing are wonderfully illustrated, tempting and engrossing because the RR also follows certain criteria for illustrations, for the text of the stories, all aspects being considered, including its grades, skills to develop, language and content focus, everything so that upon opening, any teacher can easily identify which class has to handle the book, which story his lesson, and decide what evaluation process he has to prepare and conduct for the class. The books were absolutely carefully done. This makes the authors and illustrators excited - coming out with the final form of the book. Similar to what I feel.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

That's alright, Sir Don. I'm always waiting for next time. :)


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you Ino. I hope we can engage you next time.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow, this is truly awesome sir Don! Inspiring and very wonderful to read.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much UNKNOWN SPY. I really am so happy with this first partnership and venture I did with my eight-year old daughter. Thanks for dropping by and taking time to read.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

That is the cutest story and I am sure any small child would enjoy reading it or hearing someone read it to them.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much FLASHMAKEIT for reading the story. I hope it will be a good find for others like you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Cute story. It souws patiences wins out. You get what you need in the end.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

KOFFEEKLATCH GALS: Thank you very much for reading and finding merit and joy in it. I hope you will find more time for the hubs I have.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is so sweet and tender!


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

AUDREYHOWITT. Thank you very much for dropping by to read this story.

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