â€œBuzz, buzz, I like what I duz,â€� sings Dumbee, the handsome bumblebee who buzzes happily around the mesa all day. Dumbee gets into more trouble than all the rest of his family put together, but he always buzz-z-z-z-es for help. Caught in sticky sap, he buzzes as loudly as only Dumbee can, and his brother flies to the rescue. But when Dumbee finds some mysterious blue honey, he proves that he is smarter than everyone else thinks.
First published between 1943 and 1949 and now available again, the seven books in the Mesaland Series introduce a new generation of readers to the animals and plants of the great Southwest.
Born in Orchard, Iowa, Loyd Tireman (1896-1959) was a pioneer in bilingual and community education. In 1927 Tireman began his thirty-two-year career at the University of New Mexico as a professor of elementary education. In 1947 Tireman established a curriculum materials center, which grew into a library located at the University of New Mexico College of Education.
Ralph Douglass (1895-1971) was a professor in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico.
Evelyn Yrisarri was a member of the National Storyteller's League of Washington, DC, and specialized in storytelling for young children.
â€œLike all classic childrenâ€™s literature, the Mesaland Series retains its timeless appeal.â€�â€"New Mexico Magazine
â€œWith its eye-catching artwork, stories focused on Southwestern animals and mid-century charm, these tales of woodpeckers, jackrabbits, coyotes and other creatures of the desert are sure to make a handsome addition to any childâ€™s, or adult collectorâ€™s, bookshelf.â€�â€"Weekly Alibi
â€œAll of the characters exude their own charm, their own cuteness, even their own cunning. . . . Those qualities will entice young readers to follow the characters in their encounters with wildlife and humans.â€�â€"Albuquerque Journal
"Dumbee's musing on the page are bees that hover in place of the letter b in words like bewitching and behaving. How clever is that? Maybe Dumbee isn't so dumb after all."--enchantment magazine
â€œ[Douglassâ€™s] timeless illustrations for the Mesaland Series mix a pulpy comic-book flair he developed as a cartoonist with an attention to line detail and facial and body expressions that he must have developed as an oil painter.â€�â€"Pasatiempo