Sarah Webb The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street


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Dublin 1911

When Eliza Kane and her brother Jonty move from the leafy suburbs of Rathmines to a tenement flat on Henrietta Street they are in for a shock. Pigs and ponies in the yard, rats in the hallways and cockroaches or 'clocks' underfoot!

When they meet their new neighbour, Annie, a kind and practical teenager and her brothers, and a travelling circus comes to town, offering them both jobs, helping Madam Ada, the bee charmer, and Albert the dog trainer, things start to look up.

When a tragedy happens in the tenements, Eliza, Jonty and their new friends spring into action.

A tale of family, friendship and finding a new home, with touch of magical bees!

About the Author

Sarah Webb is an award-winning children's writer. Her books include Blazing a Trail: Irish Women who Changed the World (illustrated by Lauren O'Neill) and A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood (illustrated by Steve McCarthy), both winners of Irish Book Awards.

She runs creative writing clubs for young writers, reviews children's books for the Irish Independent, and programmes children's and family events for book festivals and MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland). She also works part-time in a children's bookshop.

Passionate about bringing children and books together, Sarah was awarded the Children's Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Books in Ireland. Her latest novel for children is The Little Beekeeper of Henrietta Street (illustrated by Rachel Corcoran), set in Dubiln in 1911.

Rachel Corcoran is a freelance illustrator and designer from Dublin, Ireland. A member of Illustrators Ireland, Rachel's work appears in children's books and book cover illustrations. Rachel also runs her online shop where she sells her earth-kind illustrated greeting cards and prints. When Rachel is not illustrating, she loves to bake with her helper Billie the cat, garden with her outdoor cat Socks, and read books that are set in times long ago.

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'The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street is another wonderful children's book by Sarah Webb. In it she vividly brings to life all the hardship of Dublin's teeming, overcrowded tenements, where young artist Eliza and her bother Jonty move to, following the downturn of their father's fortunes.

However despite the searing poverty all about them Eliza soon discovers true friendship as she gets to know her new neighbour Annie. The arrival of Wilde's Circus brings excitement and colour to the drab city streets and Eliza soon finds herself not only caught up in circus life but learning all about bees and the magic of how to how to charm them from the mysterious Madam Ada.

I loved this book! I was bowled over by the huge amount of research that has gone into telling Eliza's story. Eliza's courage and kindness shine out on every page in this brilliantly researched and exciting novel by one of Ireland's finest writers.

This captivating story will touch the hearts of all young readers.'
- Marita Conlon McKenna


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