This sweet and educational read will hopefully be buzzing into the lives of many young readers.
Startled by the busy little buzzy bee that has flown in through her apartment window, a little girl reaches for the fly swat and it looks like bee’s life might be coming to a swift end. But is that the right thing to do? With doubt creeping in and the bee’s life hanging precariously in the balance, a quick look into a book changes the girl’s mind and the beginnings of the most unlikely of friendships blossoms…
Bee - & - Me is an adorable wordless picture book that cleverly explores the plight of the bee through a heart-warming story. It is a celebration of nature and friendship and the importance of the human connection with the natural world. We need to help the bees and in return the bees will help us.
Despite a complete lack of words, it is informative and empowers children to take action to help an insect that is largely misunderstood. The bee in this story is anything but scary, bee appears gentle and friendly. After reading a book about them, the young girl learns to appreciate them and sees them completely differently.
Each illustration is delightful and so much care and thought has been put into each one. You can read this book numerous times and keep spotting new things. The playful illustrations teach readers what bees need to survive, show how they can help protect the bee and provide the opportunity for children to better understand an insect that often invokes fear. A heartfelt afterword explores these ideas further, clearly explaining the importance of bees and offering practical tips.
Children will see bees in a new light after reading this and will be doing everything they can to help look after these most important of little insects.
Recommended for 4+.