August describes Big Mama's story of hearing the bees sing on Christmas Eve does August mean the story literally? How does it relate to the title of the book?
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August actually explains that the, bees were not really singing the words from Luke but if you had the right kind of ears, you can listen to a hive and hear a Christmas story somewhere inside yourself. The whole idea of the bee world and the magic it contains, if one listens, is personified in this quote.