Queen Creek resident Marie Horn is the illustrator of a children’s book, “Benny the Honeybee — Friends,” that was published this summer.
Her sister-in-law, Laura Horn, and niece, Michelle Horn-Lamparter, are co-authors.
“This is a happy story about Benny who is a friendly honeybee on his search to find friends through the Smoky Mountains. It is an interactive book as the children trace Benny’s trail through colorful illustrations,” according to a release.
“Friends are so important. Children can learn to look beyond the appearance of people — and bugs — they meet. The story shows that one person being kind can change the life of others,” the release states.
“I am the lucky person who got to bring Benny to life in illustrations. His journey to never give up is a sweet inspiration for all of us,” Marie Horn said in the release.
“Drawing and painting ‘Benny the Honeybee’ was a lot of fun. Working with watercolors was a new experience for me and once I relaxed, it all just flowed. It was like being a child again,” she said. “Laura, my sister-in-law, and Michelle, my niece — authors of the book — gave me creative latitude on Benny. So when I sent them the first sketches, they loved them and ‘ta-da’ — as my granddaughter would say — Benny came to ‘bee.’”
Marie Horn, a Realtor, moved to Arizona in September 1993; has lived in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa; and has lived in Queen Creek for the last seven years.
“I love Queen Creek. The people here are so friendly, it’s a wonderful community,” she said in the release.
Co-author Michelle Horn-Lamparter lives in Knoxville, Tennessee; and co-author Laura Horn lives in Rogers City, Michigan.
“We are collaborating on putting a second book together and I have a new story brewing in my head for book No. 3,” Marie Horn said in the release. “It takes a lot of time to go from start to finish. We all have other precious people in our lives that need our attention and family always comes first.”
The 34-page book was published May 20 by Christian Faith Publishing Inc. and is available at traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store or Barnes and Noble.