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watching the other children go to school—until one day, she sneaks into their classroom. Once
she’s in, she can’t stop smiling. Her parents don’t want her going to school, but Anita wants to go
so badly she knows she’ll have to find a way to pay her own way.
One day she has her big idea. Watching the men in her village beekeeping, she decides to give it a
try. Slowly, she learns the ways of her bees; she knows when they are cold, and when they are hot;
when they will bite and when they are lazy. She even knows when they aren’t feeling well! ‘Anita,
why do you always have to be different?’ the village women ask her. And different she is. Today
Anita is a beekeeper in Bochaha, Muzzafarpur district, Bihar and has over hundred boxes of bees.
She makes her own honey, goes to college on a bicycle and is still only seventeen.
Part of a series of multimedia projects that make icons out of women who have completed their
education, Anita the Beekeeper is a magical book to give your child. Beautifully illustrated and
designed, it is the real life Indian fairytale of a village girl—complete with a happily ever after."