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Let Me Bee
     

Let Me Bee

by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator)
 

Let Me Bee is about unfounded fear and how children can reduce these anxieties as they learn and understand more about the source of their alarm. A little boy is, understandably, afraid of bees. ""You don't know how I feel when I see a bee and it seems like they always come straight after me!"" But the bee responds, ""I'm no wasp or hornet, I'm a sweet honeybee. I

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Let Me Bee is about unfounded fear and how children can reduce these anxieties as they learn and understand more about the source of their alarm. A little boy is, understandably, afraid of bees. ""You don't know how I feel when I see a bee and it seems like they always come straight after me!"" But the bee responds, ""I'm no wasp or hornet, I'm a sweet honeybee. I don't think you're seeing the actual me."" The dialogue continues as the boy and the bee learn about each other with Mom helping our little boy understand that there are many places to learn about bees and how they help us and overcome his fear.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

This title addresses apiphobia-the fear of bees-and is about as subtle as a bee sting. Without much introduction, a boy and a bee alternately discuss, in verse, whether children should be frightened by bees, or whether perhaps it's the bees that should be afraid of humans. Facts about the insects-pollen, life in the hive, etc.-are juxtaposed with the boy's mother's suggestions on how to avoid the creatures. In the end, the bee shows the child how wonderful it is to become friends and understand one another instead of being afraid: "Remember the lesson.... Life starts where fear ends." The illustrations make this book. An artist's note explains that rough-textured watercolor paper is painted and then each object cut out and arranged at different heights and angles to create shadows, and then photographed. The results are extraordinary. Too bad the text doesn't come close. The inside covers contain a collection of bee riddles and humorously named bees, which is probably the best textual element. It would be nice to recommend this title to bee phobics but it's just a little too treacly to succeed.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980016215
Publisher:
Vanita Books
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,

former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a

graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she

currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence

for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's

an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her

husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator whose other VanitaBooks include: My Grampy Can't Walk, Let Me Bee, Big Blue, Made In China and What Pet Will I Get?

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