Bee & Me
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Bee & Me

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by Elle J. McGuinness, Heather Brown

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Ages 4 and up.

When a young boy discovers a bee trapped in his bedroom he hides for fear of being stung. But when the amiable bee frantically explains all that bees do, the boy comes to understand how good things come in different packages: "Bees make honey. That much we know. Bees also spread pollen, which makes all things grow." 



Ages 4 and up.

When a young boy discovers a bee trapped in his bedroom he hides for fear of being stung. But when the amiable bee frantically explains all that bees do, the boy comes to understand how good things come in different packages: "Bees make honey. That much we know. Bees also spread pollen, which makes all things grow." 

The subject of honeybees' mysterious dwindling population throughout the world has been a growing concern in the news in recent years. Bee and Me brings the critical importance of bees to light for young children through the innovative, full color process of ANIMOTION in an engaging story of friendship and understanding. Bee and Me will charm readers while providing valuable information about how important bees are to sustainable agriculture. Bee and Me is sure to fascinate, entertain and engage readers of all ages.


* Unique animated windows on almost every spread enhancing the action of the story.

The first time ever that such a technique has been applied in full color through the ANIMOTION process.

* Enchanting full color illustrations.

* Special appendix full of fun and important bee facts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A book that will draw inevitable-and not necessarily favorable-comparisons to Rufus Butler Seder's Gallop! and Swing!, this story boasts color pictures in inset panels that appear to move as the pages are turned. The animations-a dog chasing a bee, a daisy opening its petals-provide a "wow" factor, but unexceptional rhyming verse and illustrations weigh down the project. An anthropomorphized honeybee is chased by a dog into a house, where she is trapped after a frightened boy shuts the window. The bee begs for his aid, explaining how bees help plants, trees and flowers grow ("And then from her eye came a big, shiny tear./ 'We just want to help but you all run in fear' "). The animated panels are not especially well integrated, and a list of facts about bees is at odds with the fanciful depictions of a four-legged bee with big blue eyes. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)

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East Bay Express
If economic havoc means you can buy only one book for your little angels this year, let it be Bee & Me. Coauthored by Walnut Creek's Lisa McGuinness and Oakland's Leslie Jonath under the pseudonym Elle J. McGuinness, this heart-tugging tale of a boy who frees a bee from a window after it tells him that, were its species to stop gathering pollen, "There'd be no more apples, no flowers to smell. Still, you humans decide you don't like us that well," features luscious art by Heather Brown with the astounding patent-pending Ani-motion paper-engineering technology, which creates action on each heavy page as you flip it: wings whirr, figures run. An appendix tells kids how they can help honeybees, which (although it doesn't say this) have experienced a massive die-off in recent years.
One day a bee is out collecting nectar when a dog chases her into a house. The little boy in the house is frightened of the bee and prepares to run away from her. Then he hears the bee talking to him. The little insect explains that she needs to get back to work for there is much to do and she asks the little boy to help her. The little boy learns that bees are "good for much more/Than just honey." They pollinate trees and flowers, and without the hard labors of bees the world would be a very a different place.
Children who do not know how vital bees are will be astonished to learn how much we depend on them, how much we need them to do what they do best so that we might have food, and so that plants and trees can thrive. These days wild bee populations are in trouble and this book's arrival is timely. The book's environmental message shows children that little creatures can have a big impact on the environment and on humans. In addition to the story of the little bee, at the back of the book the author includes some bee facts, and she tells children what they can do to be a "Honeybee Helper."
Throughout the book there are bright illustrations, and on most of the double page spreads there are Ani-motion panels, which allow readers to see characters in the story move.

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Accord Publishing, Limited
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Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years


Meet the Author

Elle J. McGuinness is a children's book author and lives in northern California.

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Bee & Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for both kids and adults. Bees are far more important to the world than the majority of people actually realize, and it's books like this that help shed a much needed light on this fact. The story is cute and heart-warming and sets a good example for our future generations so that they may reverse this scary decline in the bee population. For those reviewers that call this book "silly" and "factually inaccurate", you're completely missing the point of the book and shouldn't be providing a review on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just an "OK" book.
Great-Grandpa More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my one year old Great-Grand-Daughter. She really enjoyed seeing the figures change as we turned the pages. I think it was a good purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased "Bee and Me" for my three granddaughters, ages 5, 4 and 3 years old. They were always afraid of bees when they would go outside and would either run away, scream or swat at the bees. After reading "Bee and Me" several times they are not afraid anymore. They loved the colorful, pop-up pages in this well written children's book. I would strongly recommend purchasing this book for your children or grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous emotive illustrations, my kids were easily drawn into the book and the animotion was just a bonus.
Andiemae24 More than 1 year ago
My son and I really enjoy this book. The story is very interesting and the illustrations are awesome. It is a book we pick up on a regular basis and read. I have recommended this book to several of my friends.
howacow More than 1 year ago
The graphics in the book are of hornets not honey bees. There are some big differences. The hive in the story is actually a hornet's nest. Honey Bees are generally gentle and build wax combs in which they store pollen and honey. If they sting someone they die. Hornets are more aggressive and build paper-like hornet's nets and do not make honey. Regarding "More About" The queen is the only true female in the hive. Worker bees work both inside and outside the hive (they gather nectar and pollen, build comb, help turn nectar into honey, and keep the hive clean). Male bees or drones do no work inside the hive. Their only role is to mate with a queen - outside the hive. In fact the worker bees kill the drones in the fall to conserve honey for the winter. Drones are useless to the hive in the winter. There are typically many thousands of bees in a hive. It is hard to believe that drilling holes in a block of wood would be of any value to a bee in the winter. Bees need other bees as well as honey to survive the winter.
Gail-PleasantHill More than 1 year ago
I had heard great things about this book and that it was selling fast so I ordered eight of them without ever reading it myself! A few days later I found it in a local bookstore and decided to sneak a peek. What a delight! I ended up reading it on the spot and have to say that not only was the story wonderful, the facts at the end informational and interesting, but I found myself enthralled with the animation. Great job by all involved!