Zeetumah: Queen of the Rainbow Honeybees

Ancient writing and carvings show how the honeybees were honored in all cultures for thousands of years. They were thought of as mysterious creatures who somehow knew the secrets of all living things around us called Nature.

They were on Earth millions of years before us. And, we still need them today for more than just honey. Most of our food depends on their magical ways, as well as our beautiful flowering world and the air we breathe. But where did they come from?

This is their story.



A Colorful Adventure for an Untold Legend

– Back cover (paperback)


Somewhere in the darkness is a honeycomb mansion, home of galactic honeybees, with a ruling Queen who oversees the flowering planets in this galaxy.

Sacred to these pollinators is an ancient amulet that holds the secret teachings of honeybees and Nature. This amulet, a rare sun diamond, is passed down to a daughter born with rainbow antennae. That beechild, Zeetumah, is destined to be the next Queen to carry on their legacy. Her beehood training prepares her for a dangerous journey.

With her new knowledge, brave Queen Zeetumah sets off across space to fulfill her destiny. She leads her courageous team on a mission to revive a planet back to its former glory. Honeybee folklore speaks of this place fated for her rainbow children. A place where Zeetumah passes on her gift so their legacy can carry on in a distant world.

Delightfully illustrated, this is a must-read story for children and honeybee lovers in our colorful world under the rainbow.

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter One



Chapter One

Somewhere in this galaxy is an amulet

that holds the secret teachings of honeybees and Nature.

Honeybee folklore speaks of a wise Queen Takahone

who passed on her legacy to her great granddaughter, Zeetumah.

The humming grew louder and echoed in outer space. Pollen scout Zeetumah was ready for action, leading a swarm of thousands of galactic foragers. They were far away from their floating home, nestled in a pocket of space deep within the Milky Way.

zeetumah-story-pictureHer antennae were special feelers, able to detect the sweet nectar of flowers in distant worlds. Honeybee folklore tells of the fresh fruit grown from pollinated tree blossoms providing food for many species across the galaxy.

Zeetumah was leading her foraging party further than she had ever taken them before. She whooshed along in the chilling darkness until she saw a planet with a sunlit surface.

When Zeetumah flicked her stinger up, the rest of her team knew she was focusing in on a sweet target. She was a top navigator, but with her rainbow antennae, Zeetumah was different from the other honeybees.

zeetumah-illustration-2“She can detect and hone in on pollen-rich flower patches anywhere,” one forager buzzed. The others agreed and tried to mimic her fancy moves, even though none of them could detect the nectar from this far away.

“Visitor alert!” Zeetumah said as her antennae vibrated—they had detected a spacecraft. “And it’s coming right at us!” She buzzed a loud warning, her wings and legs waving to ward off the space travelers.

They were moving too fast to switch course. Her bottom shook rapidly, signaling danger to her team. Zeetumah twirled around, hurtling herself up and into the distance….

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Fantasy Fiction (2018 Release)

Reading Level ages 9 and up
5.25″ x 8″ paperback
48 pages/ Grayscale illustrations

Author: © Julianne Bien. All rights reserved.

Paperback: ISBN 978-1-987956-06-1

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