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The Elephant and the Bee

Jess de Boer

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Memoirs

Beekeeper Jess De Boer's unique story tracks her transition from privileged white African to nomadic world traveler. Funny and extremely well written, this book follows Jess' bizarre and hilarious experiences on her travels, until a strange sequence of events takes her, broken and lost, back to Africa.

On saving the world and other triumphant failures... As a child, young Kenyan Jess de Boer knew that one day she would save the world. Leaving behind the comfort of home she sets out to make her dream a reality. Many continents, adventures and a few hilarious mishaps later, Jess returns to Africa to dedicate herself to a new passion - beekeeping. Follow the beautifully illustrated misadventures of a young, modern-day explorer as she tackles the enormous challenges of aid in Africa, environmental concerns and conservation issues - often with humorous and dramatic results. While saving the world isn't as easy as it seems, we can make a positive change, one little bee at a time!

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Praise for The Elephant and the Bee

  • This is a story we can all relate with. What will we do with our life? Do we have to follow a path we build in our head for many years or will we just go with the flow? From Africa to Switzerland, with a quick detour to Vietnam, Jess brings us in her peregrination and her mental journey of "What can I do with my life?". Is following your principles enough? How can a simple detail (in this case, an advert for beekeeping classes) change the course of your life - and others? This was a truly fun and inspiring book. You'll finish it full of hope and motivation to engage in something (or someone) new and unusual. - Marion Tessier, The KU Big Read

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