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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Bee & Me (PagePerfect NOOK Book)by Elle J. McGuinness, Heather Brown
When a boy finds a bee trapped in his bedroom he hides in fear. But when the friendly bee explains how helpful bees are, he learns that great things sometimes come in little, buzzing packages. Bee & Me is also a great tool for helping little ones overcome their fear of bees, and learn about their importance in our gardens and orchards. See more details below
When a boy finds a bee trapped in his bedroom he hides in fear. But when the friendly bee explains how helpful bees are, he learns that great things sometimes come in little, buzzing packages. Bee & Me is also a great tool for helping little ones overcome their fear of bees, and learn about their importance in our gardens and orchards.
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.
- Accord Publishing, Limited
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- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
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- 17 MB
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- 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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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.
This was just an "OK" book.
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.
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.
Gorgeous emotive illustrations, my kids were easily drawn into the book and the animotion was just a bonus.
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.
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.
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!