Bear and Bee Too Busy


When Bear asks Bee to roll down the hill with him, Bee is too busy. Bee is too busy to lie in the sun and splash in the water, too. And by the time Bee asks Bear to watch the moon with her, he is too sleepy! Poor Bear. Poor Bee. Nothing is fun without your best friend beside you, but luckily Bee knows just what to do!
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When Bear asks Bee to roll down the hill with him, Bee is too busy. Bee is too busy to lie in the sun and splash in the water, too. And by the time Bee asks Bear to watch the moon with her, he is too sleepy! Poor Bear. Poor Bee. Nothing is fun without your best friend beside you, but luckily Bee knows just what to do!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to 2013’s Bear and Bee, the two friends find themselves at odds. During the day, Bee is too busy to roll down hills, climb trees, or splash in the pond with Bear, and at night, Bear is “too busy sleeping to look at the moon” with Bee. They decide to meet in the middle, luxuriating in the moonlight from the comfort of the pond, though even this solution seems to favor persnickety Bee, since Bear is forced to pull an all-nighter. But while Bee and Bear’s friendship feels lopsided, Bear’s loyalty and ability to enjoy simple pleasures shine through in Ruzzier’s sympathetic illustrations of this duo’s ups and downs. Ages 3–5. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Due to household chores, Bee politely declines Bear's invitations to roll down a hill, climb trees, and splash in the pond. When a discouraged Bear finally sleeps, Bee begs him to get up and gaze at the moon. A compromise is forged as the friends watch the moon from the pond. Early readers will appreciate the quick resolution. Flat illustrations with spare backgrounds focus on personalities. Bear wears only red sandals, and Bee sports mislaced sneakers. Bee's arms efficiently sauté, spoon, and season a meal. This easy-reading glimpse of making friendship work is sure to have a wide audience.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Bear and Bee learn that things aren't very much fun without a friend to share them with. In their second outing (Bear and Bee, 2013), Bear and Bee's new friendship is tested as Bear tries to entice Bee into doing his favorite things with him, while Bee is busy with chores. Despite such diversions as rolling down the hill, climbing a tree and splashing in the pond, Bee's chores (watering plants, cooking, sweeping) take precedence over spending time with Bear, a situation sure to be familiar to children who have similarly busy parents. Bears sums it up neatly when he remarks, "Oh Bee….Having fun is not as fun without you." Repetitive refrains will get listeners participating and help new readers build confidence: "Come and….You will love it!... // "No thank you….I'm too busy to…." The shoe is on the other foot after Bear falls asleep and Bee wants to gaze at the moon with him. Unsurprisingly, Bear's too busy. But Bee's clever compromise is a happy resolution for both friends. Throughout, the simple illustrations captivate (and sometimes stun) with their Seuss-ian colors. Though a tad didactic and not as sweet as the first, Ruzzier's second in the Bear and Bee series offers young readers an important lesson that goes down easy. What will be next for the two friends? (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423159612
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Series: Bear and Bee Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 623,115
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Celebrated author and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier has created comic strips in Italy, artwork for magazines all over the world, and several picture books here in the United States, including the first book in the Bear and Bee series. The Room of Wonders, which Sergio also wrote, received a Parents' Choice Gold Award. He lives in New York City. Visit to learn more.
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