Children's Books - "The 1,2,3 Bees" Creates Big Buzz with Little Readers

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Barnes & Noble and Amazon to sell new author Nicole Wheldon's children's book. A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Way to Happiness Foundation International.

California native Nicole Wheldon, author of the newly released (28 Feb 2005) children’s book, “The 1, 2, 3 Bees”, has combined her love of poetry and nature to create a counting book that is creating quite a buzz with local children.

Born and raised in San Francisco and Los Gatos, CA, she settled in Los Angeles 28 years ago. Now a grandmother of two, Nicole divides her time between family, her work as a professional consultant, and the community volunteer work she loves to do in the Foothill area where she lives with her husband Brian, a local real estate investor.

Says Wheldon, “Helping children find happiness through learning was the inspiration for my book and the nature in my backyard was a perfect backdrop for my poems. We have a creek that runs through the yard, 8 oak trees, flowers that bloom throughout the seasons, and bees and hummingbirds that come through, so it really IS like the little world I created in the book.”

From the opening line, ‘Ring the bluebells. Call the bees! It’s time to learn our 1, 2, 3s…’ to its final page, each number from 1 to 10 is depicted in lavish drawings of native plants and wildflowers, with happy little bee babies that play hide and seek under wild mushroom caps, hitch a ride on the back of a dragonfly and roller blade through the pages of their fantasy world and straight into the hearts of young readers.

“I’ve always felt that learning should be cheerful and I wanted to create a book that would make counting fun”, said the author Nicole when asked why she chose to write a children’s book. “I wanted the book to have the proper balance between the numbers, words and pictures, so that children would have an easy time grasping the concepts. Diana Zourelias-Noro, a graduate from the Ivy School of Professional Art did a wonderful job of helping me to achieve that with her playful watercolor illustrations.”

“During the past year while completing the project, I’ve read the book to children all over Los Angeles from ages 2 to 4 and have had the older children through 8 yrs old read it to me to see how they liked it. The younger ones, of course, really liked the illustrations, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much the older kids loved to read the story themselves. A few 7-8 yr olds mentioned that they normally struggle with reading but between knowing the numbers and being able to see the illustrations to help work out the other words, they actually read the whole book on their own. It’s heartwarming to see the children win at learning and to see the parents' stress level go down. It makes me happy to be able to give something back to the families of the community that I love", added Nicole.

Nicole is generously donating a portion of proceeds from her book to The Way to Happiness Foundation International.

Based in Los Angeles, California, The Way to Happiness Foundation International is an internationally acclaimed non-profit public benefit corporation ( that assists the activities of individuals and groups the world over who are using The Way to Happiness(R) booklet to help themselves on the road to a happier, more successful life.

Acmon Blue publishing will include a personalized copy of The Way to Happiness booklet with any order of Nicole's The 1,2,3 Bees (A Counting Book) when ordered from Acmon Blue directly.

Here is a selected review of her book, which is currently selling on the major outlets:

"Counting can be really fun with these silly bees. They get into all kinds of mischief floating in a lily pond and exploring the shore. Colorful, animated illustrations will entice any child into counting! Rated: 5 Stars"

Lisa D’Angelo – Book Review Cafe

24 pages, hard cover with dust-jacket, $17.95, ISBN 0-9744792-1-7

Books can be obtained through the Publisher: Acmon Blue Publishing, PO Box 475A, Tujunga, CA 91043. Phone & Fax 866-628-1895, (free shipping through the month of March), your local bookstores, Barnes & Noble or

Also distributed by Biblio Distribution, Inc.

Baker & Taylor and Quality Books.

Review copies and interviews available on request.

Special feature story inquiries welcome.

See also: for more about Nicole's new book.

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