Buzz

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Buzz, a spunky little bumblebee, has a problem flying after coming across the information that bees should not be able to fly. What happens when believing you can’t keeps you from doing what you can? And what will it take to make Buzz gather the courage to fly again? Kids and parents alike will appreciate Buzz’s dilemma—and eventual triumph!

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Overview

Buzz, a spunky little bumblebee, has a problem flying after coming across the information that bees should not be able to fly. What happens when believing you can’t keeps you from doing what you can? And what will it take to make Buzz gather the courage to fly again? Kids and parents alike will appreciate Buzz’s dilemma—and eventual triumph!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bumblebee Buzz has a crisis of faith when a newspaper article points out that bees, with their too-small wings and cumbersome bodies, ought not to be able to fly. The effect is immediate: the pert, doe-eyed Buzz "bobbled. And wobbled. And fell--PLIP--to the ground." She stays earthbound until fire threatens her friend Old Owl's nest; an emergency is what it takes to get her to stop thinking and trust her own experience instead. While the factoid about bee flight is an interesting bit of trivia, it's perhaps not quite substantial enough for a whole story line. Spinelli (Princess Pig) refers to Buzz's relationships with other animals, but the focus is on Buzz and her dilemma. Nguyen's (The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater... That Grandma Knit) big oil landscapes feature inviting blue skies and warm, sunlit clouds. Buzz's face is colored yellow, but her wide eyes, pixie-cut bangs, and red lips suggest a girl dressed up in a bee costume, the better for young readers to identify with. Those in search of motivational tales need look no further. Ages 4-8. (July)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Buzz loved being a bee. She especially loved to fly and visit with her friends. One day she read part of a newspaper story in which it said that "the body of a bee is too chunky for flight." The rest of the article was missing, but this was enough to undermine Buzz's ability to fly. When the tree in which her friend Owl lives catches fire, Buzz flies into action and saves Owl. The messages here are quite clear: believe in yourself, and get the whole story before drawing conclusions. The illustrations are rendered in oils and photo editing software in a soft summer-day and summer-night palettes. Owl and Snail are attractive and maintain their animal looks. Bee is rather disconcerting with her human-looking face. The illustrations extend the story, and there are some particularly well done and interesting ones, such as the blend of colors in the fire dancing on the tree. My favorite is toward the end where Owl is holding little Bee. Lovely brush strokes create Owl's feathers, and Bee's shadow adds an interesting touch. The story reads well, has the right amount of drama, but the messages seem stronger than the story. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Buzz loves everything about being a bee, especially her ability to fly. Then a storm blows a sheet of newspaper her way, and the little creature is horrified by the headline: "Professor Declares Bees Can't Fly." Even though the rest of the article is torn away, Buzz believes the professor is right. And, of course, now that she's convinced she can't fly, all her attempts to take off end in failure. When a fire threatens Old Owl's life and walking proves too slow, though, Buzz forgets the article, takes to the air, and saves the day. This thin plot and abrupt resolution make for a less than satisfying read. Buzz's sudden inability to fly, her lightning-fast recovery of her powers, and Old Owl's need to be warned his tree is burning stretch credibility. While the rhyme, alliteration, and close-ups depicted in the large oil cartoon illustrations may provide some interest, youngsters might be better served learning some factual information about bees in Gail Gibbons's The Honey Makers (Morrow, 1997).—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416949251
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 503,152
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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