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Deborah Hopkinson

Dear Reader:

Summer! Maybe it's the kid in me, but I still think there's nothing quite like it.

As adults, we help create summer memories for children. It doesn't have to be elaborate: digging a garden, picnicking in the park.

Or it can be as simple as watching a bumblebee - and counting how many flowers it visits in a minute.

That's what Charles Darwin and his children do one summer afternoon in my new book, THE HUMBLEBEE HUNTER. I wanted to show Darwin as a real person — a devoted father who shared his endless curiosity and love of nature with his children.

So why not try the Darwin family's Great Bee Experiment yourself this summer? Send me your count at and get a chance to win a free signed copy of THE HUMBLEBEE HUNTER. I'll post all answers at

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Deborah Hopkinson

The Humblebee Hunter / Deborah Hopkinson / Disney-Hyperion

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1423113560 / Published: February, 2010

Ages 4-8 / Historical Fiction Picture Book

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