Susan Kurz's new graphic novel, Beecoming Sophie was hard to put down. It was not so much the story of the bees and how they are suffering and need real help so that they can continue to provide their loving service to our well-beeing. Nor was it the packed-in information that left me feeling both more knowledgeable and hungry for more. Neither was it the sweet human story line exactly, though it was fascinatingly true to life and both familiar and magical. It was the mystery behind it all that kept me turning pages; the gaps and unspoken explanations that were revealed like open secrets in an off-hand manner, like clues placed strategically along the path. This is what mesmerized me as reality and fantasy touched, and possibility seemed to expand. I was left with a renewed sense of motivation for change, for creating space for bees and for beeing more conscious in every way.
— Ben G. Benjamin Bingham, Founder/CEO 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC
Becoming Sophie is a magical tale that will inform young people about the crisis with honeybee health and inspire them to make a difference and bee the change they want to see in the world. The story weaves issues crucial to the worldwide decline in honeybee population into a story of high school student Sophie's awakening and the resulting journey she shares with her friends and family. As common objections and fears about bees are addressed, readers will find them replaced with awareness and respect for the beautiful honeybee so critical to our environment and the food on our tables.
— George Langworthy, Producer and Director of the movie Vanishing of the Bees
This is a charming book for beekeepers to read and an engaging book for young people to gain an interest in bees. It is built around the personal story of Sophie and Rolando, the adopted children of a Jamestown couple. Sophie’s story is utterly ‘bee-coming” and is a delight to the eye as well as the mind. It is an effective way to introduce the plight of the bees as well as the well-known solutions to a youthful audience. As one who teaches about diversity, I am appreciative of the natural and effective way that the author has for representing multicultural youth and some of the issues international adoptees face in American society.
— Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, PhD, RI Beekeepers’ Association Secretary, Professor Emerita of Anthropology Rhode Island College, Author, Educator