Little Bee

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All the animals are running away, but what are they afraid of? Find out in this action-packed book that will have all little children wanting to turn the pages and join in. It's simple, it's fun, it's thought provoking, and the surprise ending brings it right back to the beginning - to be enjoyed all over again!

Graphic designer and illustrator Edward Gibbs has always sought to communicate meaningful ideas in the simplest way. With a seemingly effortless touch, in this book and ...

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Overview

All the animals are running away, but what are they afraid of? Find out in this action-packed book that will have all little children wanting to turn the pages and join in. It's simple, it's fun, it's thought provoking, and the surprise ending brings it right back to the beginning - to be enjoyed all over again!

Graphic designer and illustrator Edward Gibbs has always sought to communicate meaningful ideas in the simplest way. With a seemingly effortless touch, in this book and its companion The Acorn, he introduces educational themes and concepts (food chains, fear, ecosystems) in a visual, fun, and satisfying romp for the very young.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A call-and-response rhyme describes a succession of jungle animals, each fleeing from the animal that came before it. The commotion starts with a bee that appears on the cover with glistening fabric wings: “Little bee, little bee... why do you flee?/ Because there’s a hungry frog chasing me!” The hungry frog is hopping away from a “scary snake,” which is pursued by a mongoose who’s fleeing a lion, after which follows a hunter. Gibbs’s fluid ink scrawls create a sense of movement and individualize the characters, and a surprise ending brings the chase full-circle. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)
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Praise for Little Bee:

A CBC Best Children's Books of 2013 selection

* "Audiences will immediately catch on to the pattern in the sprightly, simple Q&A couplets... and the punchline has genuine, amusing, and audience-suitable punch...The figures are comic enough to take the tension out of the pursuit, but they're still high-impact and expressive presences who seem as ready to jump off of the page as jump into the next spread."

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Praise for Little Bee:

A CBC Best Children's Books of 2013 selection

* "Audiences will immediately catch on to the pattern in the sprightly, simple Q&A couplets... and the punchline has genuine, amusing, and audience-suitable punch...The figures are comic enough to take the tension out of the pursuit, but they're still high-impact and expressive presences who seem as ready to jump off of the page as jump into the next spread."—BCCB (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews
It's easier to be the hunter than the hunted in this board book that represents the food chain. Each character appears safe at first glance, but a neutral or smug facial expression turns to trepidation when a predator (or pesky nuisance) hurries it off the page. A frog chases the bee; a snake pursues the frog; a mongoose hunts the snake, and so on: "Scary mongoose, / scary mongoose… / why do you flee? // Because there's a fierce lion chasing me!" There's no relief from the hunt in this circular tale; even the king of the jungle expresses fear when a hunter in safari gear approaches with a net, and guess who's after the hunter? Exaggerated body language and comical facial expressions blunt any potential fright. Italicized type emphasizes rhythmic phrases. The mixed-media scenes feature squiggly black lines that convey energy and movement. The brevity of the text suits the compact offering. Unfortunately, this selection suffers from an unnecessary tactile gimmick. Due to sparkling fabric wings on the cover, a choking-hazard label warns the selection unsuitable for children younger than 3; it's simply a puzzling decision, as the toddler audience would benefit the most from these sturdy pages. This unnecessary, flimsy accessory diminishes the book's effectiveness. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316127073
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 428,166
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Gibbs studied illustration and graphic design in New Zealand before moving to London, where he has worked as a graphic designer for over twenty-five years. His love of nature and the animal kingdom inspired him to write and illustrate I Spy With My Little Eye, Little Bee, and Little Acorn Grows Up.

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