The fourth South Dakota Historical Society Press Prairie Tale
Gold Medal, Distinctive Illustration, Fantasy, Myths, and Legends, Juvenile Books, Ages 5-8, Mom's Choice Awards, 2010
Gold ADDY, Elements of Advertising, Illustration, South Dakota Advertising Federation, 2010
Silver Medal, Fantasy, Myths, and Legends, Juvenile Books, Ages 5-8, Mom's Choice Awards, 2010
Silver Medal, Children's Picture Books, IPPY Awards, Independent Publisher, 2010
"This is a delightful tale. . . .Susan Turnbull has illustrated this edition with charming artwork."—LibraryThing reviewer
"The illustrations are truly wonderful."—MIPA Book Award judge
In southeastern South Dakota, wild animals begin to stir as day turns to dusk. A curious raccoon emerges from his bed and starts hunting for food. Tempted by sticky honey oozing from a bee’s nest, the little raccoon finds trouble he did not bargain for.
The Raccoon and the Bee Tree combines an old American Indian tale written down by Charles Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman with a traditional European fable. Written one hundred years ago, The Raccoon and the Bee Tree has a lesson for children that is still important and relevant in today’s modern society.
This is a "very charming story with outstanding artwork."—LibraryThing.com
"The raccoon is a likable little character and the story has good conflict and resolution."—MIPA Book Award judges
Illustrator Susan Turnbull at a Prairie Pages book signing in Pierre, South Dakota: