Kids will love to learn about the importance of pollinators with the new Barclay the Bee comic strip! Drawn by Olga Andreyeva, a senior illustration student at Pratt Institute, the comic teaches children the importance of honey bees in our daily lives. Created by the InterContinental New York Barclay and The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute, kids can log on to the hotel’s sustainability blog or get a print version for just $5, which supports the Honeybee Conservancy.

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The brand new comic was released this month, and features the adventures of Barclay Bee, thriving in New York City. Barclay and her side kick Cami forage in the city for nectar, for the hive, meeting and greeting both humans and insects along the way. Her adventures teach children about the importance of honeybees, and their role in pollination and food production. The comic also introduces kids to urban beekeeping practices, as well as other sustainability issues. By reading Barclay the Bee, children will become more sensitive to the local ecosystem, via Andreyeva’s fun and imaginative drawings.

The printed comic book is produced locally and sustainably. It is printed on 100% recycled paper, using only non-toxic inks to ensure safety. The comic books are also produced using renewable wind-power energy, and their proceeds go directly toward helping honeybees.

Kids anywhere can go online to the hotel’s sustainability blog, New York Barclay Buzz, to read up on Barclay the Bee and her adventures.

+ Barclay the Bee