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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features unique cover art by Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility. With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, the Penguin Drop Caps series launches with six perennial favorites to give as elegant gifts, or to showcase on your own shelves.

K is for Kidd. Set in South Carolina during the tumultuous summer of 1964, The Secret Life of Bees also ushered young Lily Owens, a girl transformed by the power and divinity of the female spirit, into the canon of modern-day heroines. Lily and her fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother” escape the racism of their hometown and find refuge with an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, whose world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna is mesmerizing.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on October 10, 2002 by Viking
ISBN-10: 0670032379
ISBN-13: 9780670032372
11 Book Reviews
  • mahiruk0izumi
    mahiruk0izumiover 1 year55 stars
    This is an amazing book. It's good for fifth graders and up. This is one of my favorite books now. It's about a girl named Lily finding herself with the help of three sisters living with bees and Rosaleen. The Secret Life of Bees is an amazing book for people who like drama, plot twists, and sad books, and like learning about the Civil Rights Movement.
    • jkbear
      jkbearover 1 year55 stars
      great book
      • avaandburgers
        avaandburgersalmost 3 years55 stars
        I like this book because it would be happy then turn into sad. In Sylvan SC, 1964 the book tells a story about a girl that is white, Lily Owens. She remembers a faint memory of her mother being murdured in front of her. She stays with her abusive father, T. Ray. She runs away and is in a little house with bee keepers. I recommend this book to my classmates.
        • dancera116
          dancera116over 7 years
          I think this is an amazing book, but it is a little sad. I think that is what makes it so addicting.
          • brownie_forever
            brownie_foreverover 7 years55 stars
            This is a great book but also a very sad book I couldn't stop reading the book!I read it in 2 days! It has a very interesting plot and also very melancholy parts I definitely recommend this book.
            • lizzie5205
              lizzie5205over 7 years
              "Place a beehive in my grave and let the honey soak through. When I'm dead and gone that's what I want from you." Singing songs like that is what Lily and her caregiver, Rosaleen, do when they run away from Lily's mean, uncaring father. Because this is set in the 1960's Rosaleen who is black gets put in jail. I think it's really exciting when Lily breaks her out. "I watched as the policeman put on his hat and walked down the corridor and out the door. When Rosaleen and I stepped from her room, I looked left, then right." This part seems really suspenseful and makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next. If you want to read a great book about beekeeping sisters, black Madonna and other funny adventures, I really recommend you read this book.
              • brownie_forever
                brownie_foreveralmost 8 years55 stars
                This is a great book but also a very sad book I couldn't stop reading the book!I read it in 2 days! It has a very interesting plot and also very melancholy parts I definitely recommend this book.
                • lizzie5205
                  lizzie5205almost 9 years
                  "Place a beehive in my grave and let the honey soak through. When I'm dead and gone that's what I want from you." Singing songs like that is what Lily and her caregiver, Rosaleen, do when they run away from Lily's mean, uncaring father. Because this is set in the 1960's Rosaleen who is black gets put in jail. I think it's really exciting when Lily breaks her out. "I watched as the policeman put on his hat and walked down the corridor and out the door. When Rosaleen and I stepped from her room, I looked left, then right." This part seems really suspenseful and makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next. If you want to read a great book about beekeeping sisters, black Madonna and other funny adventures, I really recommend you read this book.
                  • starjumper
                    starjumperalmost 10 years55 stars
                    I think this would be a great book for anyone who is interested in the Civil Rights Movement and for anyone who won't be to disappointed if their book gets some tear stains on it.
                    • gum98
                      gum98almost 10 years
                      I had to read this book for summer reading. I thought that at first the book was a little boring but I feel in love with it by the end. I recommend this for ages 12 and up.