In the sixth book in the children’s illustrated rhyming series “The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats” ( the hardy troupe of Good Samaritan cats who go about helping animals in distress are called upon to help bees living in a hive when a power-hungry drone wants to overthrow the Queen Bee and take control of the hive. There are pros and cons to overthrowing the queen. The drone’s success, using some underhanded methods, creates chaos. As the book says, “So the hive lost its honey, its Queen and its money. It was really a mess, and that isn’t funny.”


By the end of this parable, the moral that emerges is that we must select leaders wisely and each of us must participate in the democratic process. Elections have consequences; it is important that the voice of the people be heard in a democratic society.