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When her true love is abducted by mysterious creatures, a girl must summon the strength to save him From the moment they met as young children, Bee and George have been bound together by a deep love. But when George goes off on a quest to a forbidden lake, home to dangerous water nymphs, it is up to Bee to rescue him. On her adventure she meets Loc, the king of the dwarfs, When her true love is abducted by mysterious creatures, a girl must summon the strength to save him From the moment they met as young children, Bee and George have been bound together by a deep love. But when George goes off on a quest to a forbidden lake, home to dangerous water nymphs, it is up to Bee to rescue him. On her adventure she meets Loc, the king of the dwarfs, who proves to be more kind and generous than the humans she knows. Even as he showers her with riches in an attempt to make her stay, Bee never loses sight of her purpose: finding George. She will do anything to get him back. A fairy tale for all ages, Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs is a classic that has delighted children and adults alike for more than a century with its ebullient characters and wondrous worlds. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.


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When her true love is abducted by mysterious creatures, a girl must summon the strength to save him From the moment they met as young children, Bee and George have been bound together by a deep love. But when George goes off on a quest to a forbidden lake, home to dangerous water nymphs, it is up to Bee to rescue him. On her adventure she meets Loc, the king of the dwarfs, When her true love is abducted by mysterious creatures, a girl must summon the strength to save him From the moment they met as young children, Bee and George have been bound together by a deep love. But when George goes off on a quest to a forbidden lake, home to dangerous water nymphs, it is up to Bee to rescue him. On her adventure she meets Loc, the king of the dwarfs, who proves to be more kind and generous than the humans she knows. Even as he showers her with riches in an attempt to make her stay, Bee never loses sight of her purpose: finding George. She will do anything to get him back. A fairy tale for all ages, Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs is a classic that has delighted children and adults alike for more than a century with its ebullient characters and wondrous worlds. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

30 review for Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.S.

    “I must beg very serious persons not to read this. It is not written for them. It is not written for grave people [but] those who like to be entertained, and whose minds are both young and gay. Only those who are amused by innocent pleasures will read this to the end... I wish this story to please both boys and girls and yet I hardly dare to hope it will. It is too frivolous for them and, really, only suitable for old-fashioned children.” Well, perhaps I am not as old-fashioned as I think I am. “I must beg very serious persons not to read this. It is not written for them. It is not written for grave people [but] those who like to be entertained, and whose minds are both young and gay. Only those who are amused by innocent pleasures will read this to the end... I wish this story to please both boys and girls and yet I hardly dare to hope it will. It is too frivolous for them and, really, only suitable for old-fashioned children.” Well, perhaps I am not as old-fashioned as I think I am. This is the story of George and Honey-Bee, two children who, although not actually siblings, are raised as such in the castle of the land. Of course, they are the most beautiful children and all who see them are stunned senseless by their beauty. They go to see the sights of the kingdom and get lost - Bee is taken in (captive) by the dwarves and George by the nixies (also captive). It was okay.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

    This is a sweet little tale of morality written in the early part of the 20th century by a French writer who takes obvious umbridge at how we teach our children the ways of greed over the ways of love. This is a refection of his social justice, best described by his Nobel biography, which I choose to quote below: "Anatole France, pseudonym for Jacques Anatole Thibault (1844-1924), was the son of a Paris book dealer. He received a thorough classical education at the Collège Stanislas, a boys' scho This is a sweet little tale of morality written in the early part of the 20th century by a French writer who takes obvious umbridge at how we teach our children the ways of greed over the ways of love. This is a refection of his social justice, best described by his Nobel biography, which I choose to quote below: "Anatole France, pseudonym for Jacques Anatole Thibault (1844-1924), was the son of a Paris book dealer. He received a thorough classical education at the Collège Stanislas, a boys' school in Paris, and for a while he studied at the École des Chartes. For about twenty years he held diverse positions, but he always had enough time for his own writings, especially during his period as assistant librarian at the Senate from 1876 to 1890. His literary output is vast, and though he is chiefly known as a novelist and storyteller, there is hardly a literary genre that he did not touch upon at one time or another. France is a writer in the mainstream of French classicism. His style, modelled on Voltaire and Fénélon, as well as his urbane scepticism and enlightened hedonism, continue the tradition of the French eighteenth century. This outlook on life, which appears in all his works, is explicitly expressed in collection of aphorisms, Le Jardin d'Épicure (1895) [The Garden of Epicurus]. "France had written several stories and novels before he achieved his first great success with Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881). The novel received a prize from the Académie Française, of which France became a member in 1896. "In 1885 he published Le Livre de mon ami [My Friend's Book], a kind of autobiographical novel, which he continued with Pierre Nozière (1899), Le Petit Pierre (1918), and La Vie au fleur (1922) [The Bloom of Life]. From 1888 to 1892 France was the literary critic of the newspaper Le Temps. His reviews, inspired by the scepticism of Renan, but highly subjective, were collected in four volumes under the title La Vie littéraire (1888-92) [On Life and Letters]. About this time France turned sharply against the naturalism of Zola. His own work of this period consists of historical fiction that evokes past civilizations with great charm and deep insight. The period of transition from paganism to Christianity was one of his favourites. In 1889 appeared Balthazar, a fanciful version of the story of one of the Magi, and in 1890 Thaïs, the story of the conversion of an Alexandrian courtesan during the Christian era. L'Étui de nacre (1892) [Mother of Pearl] is the story of a hermit and a faun, an ironic conjunction typical of France's art. "In 1893 France published his most celebrated novel, La Rôtisserie de la Reine Pédauque [At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque], a vast tableau of life in eighteenth century France. The central figure of the novel, the Abbé Coignard, a complex, ironical, and lovable character, reappears in Les Opinions de Jérôme Coignard (1893) and the collection of stories Le Puits de Sainte Claire (1895) [The Well of Saint Claire]. With the tragic love story, Le Lys rouge (1894) [The Red Lily], France returned to a contemporary subject and in the following years wrote Histoire contemporaine (1896-1901), a group of prose works, not really novels, that have their unity in the character of Professor Bergeret, one of France's most famous creations. "In his later years France became increasingly interested in social questions. He protested the verdict in the Dreyfus case and developed some sympathies for socialism. Among his last important works were a biography of Joan of Arc (1908), Les Dieux ont soif (1912) [The Gods are Athirst], and La Révolte des anges (1914) [The Revolt of the Angels]. The collected works of Anatole France were published in twenty-five volumes between 1925 and 1935." From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969" I think, in some ways, this is why I felt this book in my heart as well as my head. Thank you OpenRoad Media for republishing this little book

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    This was an unexpected gem. As with all fairy tales there are elements of convenience but the love story is not the main component of the book. Honey-Bee and George grow up together and one fateful night (there's always a fateful night) walk out to the lake where George is taken prisoner by the beautiful Nixies of the lake and Honey-Bee is rescued/ taken prisoner by the Dwarves. Up to this point we have been given hints of what fearful creatures both the Nixies and the Dwarves are. Most of the t This was an unexpected gem. As with all fairy tales there are elements of convenience but the love story is not the main component of the book. Honey-Bee and George grow up together and one fateful night (there's always a fateful night) walk out to the lake where George is taken prisoner by the beautiful Nixies of the lake and Honey-Bee is rescued/ taken prisoner by the Dwarves. Up to this point we have been given hints of what fearful creatures both the Nixies and the Dwarves are. Most of the tale centres on Honey-Bee's subsequent life with the Dwarves. It is a fairytale with some beautiful writing and a delight to read, even as an adult happening on it for the first time. The Queen of the Nixies wants to keep George as her husband and King Loc of the Dwarves wants Honey-Bee for his wife. The resolution of the story and King Loc's speech brought me to tears. "We love truly only those we love even in their weakness and their poverty. To forbear, to forgive, to console, that alone is the science of love."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Séverine

    This book is one of my mother's favorite when she was a child and had been given to her by her own mother. My mother decided to read it to me to make me discover a really beautiful treasure of the French literature. "Abeille" is a very sweet fairy tale, written for children but very enjoyable for grown-up too as long as they kept a children soul. Abeille and Georges are two children who had been raised as brother and sister(knowing they weren't) but who loved each other dearly since the first time This book is one of my mother's favorite when she was a child and had been given to her by her own mother. My mother decided to read it to me to make me discover a really beautiful treasure of the French literature. "Abeille" is a very sweet fairy tale, written for children but very enjoyable for grown-up too as long as they kept a children soul. Abeille and Georges are two children who had been raised as brother and sister(knowing they weren't) but who loved each other dearly since the first time they met. Once, while they were walking to a forbidden lake, they disappeared from the face of the earth for 7 long years. Abeille is kept captive by the merry dwarfs while Georges is raised by the wonderful undines. Don't hesitate to read this beautiful story if you can 'cause you will have a very pleasant time doing so. And most of all, share this book with children, I'm sure they will appreciate this journey with you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt Stucky

    This was a book that I chose to read to my children as a bedtime story. I would highly suggest reading it to your kids once they are old enough to both start reading themselves (and reading chapter books). The story itself is fairly simple and much in line with any other fairy-tale style story one might read. However, the wording is longer and much more like other writings from the late 19th century to early 20th century authors. The chapters are short (5-10 minutes each when reading aloud), and This was a book that I chose to read to my children as a bedtime story. I would highly suggest reading it to your kids once they are old enough to both start reading themselves (and reading chapter books). The story itself is fairly simple and much in line with any other fairy-tale style story one might read. However, the wording is longer and much more like other writings from the late 19th century to early 20th century authors. The chapters are short (5-10 minutes each when reading aloud), and reading one chapter a night allows the children time to ask questions about heavier words they are unfamiliar with. There are plenty of those, so be prepared for blank stares at times or the glazed-over eye look you get when they don't have a clue what you're talking about.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    An absolutely stunning fairy tale with imagery as memorable, emotion as moving and language as lovely and poetic as Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. To miss this adventure would be a true shame. An absolutely stunning fairy tale with imagery as memorable, emotion as moving and language as lovely and poetic as Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. To miss this adventure would be a true shame.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scott Whitney

    There are books which just tend to catch you at the right time to make you pause and think. This is that book for me right now. It was a beautiful story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm amazed how many fairy tales/folk tales/wonder stories there are in this world. First of all, the description of this book gives the wrong impression. Bee: The Princess of the Dwarves is the tale of two children. They grow up together as brother and sister. One day, they sneak away from their guards/nannies/whatever you want to call them. George is abducted by some water sprites, while Bee is "rescued"/abducted by the Dwarves. The story mainly focuses on Bee, but also circles back to George. I'm amazed how many fairy tales/folk tales/wonder stories there are in this world. First of all, the description of this book gives the wrong impression. Bee: The Princess of the Dwarves is the tale of two children. They grow up together as brother and sister. One day, they sneak away from their guards/nannies/whatever you want to call them. George is abducted by some water sprites, while Bee is "rescued"/abducted by the Dwarves. The story mainly focuses on Bee, but also circles back to George. Even without seeing each other for 6-7 years, they develop this unrivaled desire/passion/love for the other. Considering they grew up as siblings, it's a bit bizare. Plus, the passion seems to come out of nowhere. I did find the story original and cute. It's a fast read. The style reminded me of The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Pogan

    A marvelous fairy tale by Anatole France. This is totally different than anything else I've read by him but is just as good as any of his other books. This follows Honey-Bee who as a child was captured by Dwarfs when on an outing with her friend young George, the one she loves. Although held captive by the dwarfs for seven years she is treated like a princess and has captured the heart of King Loc, ruler of the dwarfs. France's tale is wonderfully told with suspense and humor in his spectacular A marvelous fairy tale by Anatole France. This is totally different than anything else I've read by him but is just as good as any of his other books. This follows Honey-Bee who as a child was captured by Dwarfs when on an outing with her friend young George, the one she loves. Although held captive by the dwarfs for seven years she is treated like a princess and has captured the heart of King Loc, ruler of the dwarfs. France's tale is wonderfully told with suspense and humor in his spectacular prose.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat W

    Absolutely charming and humorous. It's an adorable fairy tale with charming wit and banter as well as characters. Of course I would prefer a stronger female character, who to me, is not really the true hero of this story, but despite her shortcomings it was still a delight to read. Also, this is a good translation though the Kindle version has some typos. Absolutely charming and humorous. It's an adorable fairy tale with charming wit and banter as well as characters. Of course I would prefer a stronger female character, who to me, is not really the true hero of this story, but despite her shortcomings it was still a delight to read. Also, this is a good translation though the Kindle version has some typos.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Nova

    An enjoyable tale Short and sweet. Sometimes you want a familiar story minus the violence and horrifically long journeys. This would be a good starter story to introduce youngsters to the underworld of Tolkien, which was required reading in my day. I did enjoy it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    If you like a good fairy tale, then this book is for you! Fairy telling at its finest!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Cute little fairy tale. It is very short and sweet. A little too sweet for my taste but not bad.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daryln

    good dwarftale At the beginning I was not sure if I was going to keep reading it. The story became more interesting but did Carry on so. A bit different than most fairy tales

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Another good title to go to Public Domain: https://archive.org/stream/beeprinces... Another good title to go to Public Domain: https://archive.org/stream/beeprinces...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Beck

    A tale of love. A children's tale of friendship, love and sacrifice. You truly love someone when you care more for their happiness than your own. A tale of love. A children's tale of friendship, love and sacrifice. You truly love someone when you care more for their happiness than your own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue J

    A delightful fairy tale (published in 1912) A nice change of pace.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a pretty cute fairy tale. I liked the twist on the dwarfs. A short, fun read.A

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This is a lovely, old-fashioned tale.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tyson Guthrie

    A beautiful love story for children...like real love, that “loves securely whom you love even in their weaknesses and meannesses.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Brooke

    Is ‘Bee’ a story for children? It certainly can be appreciated by them but then it can be appreciated by adults equally well — and they will see France’s quite adult wit at play. One thing the book most certainly is would be a fairy tale (as defined by Tolkien). The one criticism on that front is that France occasionally allows whimsicality to get in the way. That can be the kiss of death for fantasy, breaking the illusion of reality it requires. Otherwise, it is a quite lovely little book. The s Is ‘Bee’ a story for children? It certainly can be appreciated by them but then it can be appreciated by adults equally well — and they will see France’s quite adult wit at play. One thing the book most certainly is would be a fairy tale (as defined by Tolkien). The one criticism on that front is that France occasionally allows whimsicality to get in the way. That can be the kiss of death for fantasy, breaking the illusion of reality it requires. Otherwise, it is a quite lovely little book. The story is simple enough and draws on many archetypal themes. Characters learn and grow, and have happy endings despite tears along the way (perhaps we could also criticize a tendency to be didactic). It also is a work of Romanticism, firmly rooted in the Nineteenth Century, but could be seen as a predecessor of and influence on 'modern fantasy' (along with the work of MacDonald and Morris from the same approximate period). All that aside, 'Bee' is definitely a good book, worth reading and enjoying simply for itself.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Otto

    A French Fairy Tale I liked this tale of two children that are to a woman with the instructions to raise and love them equally. So starts the tale which involves dwarf and mermaid kingdoms, true love and challenges to overcome for such a love. The stuff fairy tales are made. If you don't understand French you might not appreciate the songs and verses that are in French in the story. Fortunately I took a semester of French in college. I found story engaging enough it held my interest in what would A French Fairy Tale I liked this tale of two children that are to a woman with the instructions to raise and love them equally. So starts the tale which involves dwarf and mermaid kingdoms, true love and challenges to overcome for such a love. The stuff fairy tales are made. If you don't understand French you might not appreciate the songs and verses that are in French in the story. Fortunately I took a semester of French in college. I found story engaging enough it held my interest in what would happen next. I hope Bee and George will be held in same regard as other fairy tales better well known such as Snow White which has a few similar elements her story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    shannon Stubbs

    Very sweet I love this fairytale. Who doesn't like tales of Nixies, dwarfs, and true love. I feel a little bad for king Loc but he ended up being a great "man" by bringing Bee her childhood love. Very sweet I love this fairytale. Who doesn't like tales of Nixies, dwarfs, and true love. I feel a little bad for king Loc but he ended up being a great "man" by bringing Bee her childhood love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    To begin with I thought I was going to grind my way through a saccharine pile of tweedom, but once I got underground with the dwarves (dwarfs?) I was hooked by the wonderful descriptions, and the nixies, well I want to be a nixie when I grow up. Persevere and you'll love it. To begin with I thought I was going to grind my way through a saccharine pile of tweedom, but once I got underground with the dwarves (dwarfs?) I was hooked by the wonderful descriptions, and the nixies, well I want to be a nixie when I grow up. Persevere and you'll love it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bill Reilly

    Lovely fairy tale. Would make a great Disney movie.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    This is a surprisingly charming and even funny tale, probably as entertaining for adults as for kids.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was a nice, quick read. I really enjoyed it. Nothing too fancy but there is some nice world building in a classic book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert Terry

    Amazing!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kamas Kirian

    I had trouble getting into this book. The base story was fine, it was the way it was written that bothered me. I've run into this problem with other stories written around the same time. The flow of words simply doesn't strike me as quite right, it brings me out of the story. The sentences seem choppy at times, and the paragraphs seem to run on endlessly occasionally. It's a short book, more like a novella or short novel, but it still took me a week to read instead of just a single day. The stor I had trouble getting into this book. The base story was fine, it was the way it was written that bothered me. I've run into this problem with other stories written around the same time. The flow of words simply doesn't strike me as quite right, it brings me out of the story. The sentences seem choppy at times, and the paragraphs seem to run on endlessly occasionally. It's a short book, more like a novella or short novel, but it still took me a week to read instead of just a single day. The story of Honey Bee and George, held in their separate worlds and educated in their discrete ways during their youth, was fine. I would have preferred it be paced better. Bee and King Loc are the only characters remotely fleshed out. The eBook was formatted well with only one noticeable spelling mistake.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This book was given to me as a child and was given to my great grandmother in 1911. I wanted to read it before I got rid of it. my edition does not have the French, only an English translation. It is a simple and mostly dull fairy tale. The heroine may not forget her first love but does nothing to get away from the kindly dwarves who hold her captive. The hero is unable to escape and when he is finally freed goes to find her and she is given her freedom. No action or interesting characters. Disa This book was given to me as a child and was given to my great grandmother in 1911. I wanted to read it before I got rid of it. my edition does not have the French, only an English translation. It is a simple and mostly dull fairy tale. The heroine may not forget her first love but does nothing to get away from the kindly dwarves who hold her captive. The hero is unable to escape and when he is finally freed goes to find her and she is given her freedom. No action or interesting characters. Disappointing after the wrap given by the translator.

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