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The Mole Sisters and the Busy Bees

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The irresistible and irrepressible Mole Sisters!

The Mole Sisters set out to do nothing at all. But when a busy bee buzzes by, they follow him and end up in a lovely meadow of flowers. The Mole Sisters begin smelling and their noses become covered in pollen. With a couple of big sneezes, they unwittingly help the busy bees with their work — making everyone's day more enjoyable.

With unfaltering optimism, the Mole Sisters make the most out of ...

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Overview

The irresistible and irrepressible Mole Sisters!

The Mole Sisters set out to do nothing at all. But when a busy bee buzzes by, they follow him and end up in a lovely meadow of flowers. The Mole Sisters begin smelling and their noses become covered in pollen. With a couple of big sneezes, they unwittingly help the busy bees with their work — making everyone's day more enjoyable.

With unfaltering optimism, the Mole Sisters make the most out of each day. They are always ready to laugh and find every opportunity for fun! The sisters continue to make molehills out of all the mountains that stand in their way.

Roslyn Schwartz's colored-pencil artwork is bright and lush, and she conveys the Mole Sisters' love for life with minimum text that is easy to follow for any toddler or preschooler.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Materials - Kathleen Kirk
Schwartz's pencil-colored illustrations significantly extend the simple text. The colors are soft and her backgrounds are muted shadings of color. Though the experience of being in a flower-filled meadow is outside of most young urban children's understanding, Schwartz's skillful use of onomatopoeia draws them into the experience. We hear the mole sisters' delight while they frolic in the flowers, and we know what they are doing by the sounds they make. The subtly of the text and illustrations of these gentle books will require child/adult interaction to obtain their maximum potential. The humor in the mole sisters' books is meant to charm. Schwartz's endings reassure children that unknown objects can become part of their safe environment. [A] good book for preschoolers to share while sitting quietly with on their parent's lap. Recommended.
Linda M. Kenton
Independence, optimism, intelligence, and love of adventure are good qualities for children and these siblings are fine examples.
— (School Library Journal, November 2000)
Children's Literature
Preschool children already know that doing nothing is doing something fun, and they will laugh along with the two Mole sisters who are following a busy bee into a flower-filled meadow. Bees mistake the sisters for some flowers until the sisters' pollen-filled sneezes set everything right. The Mole sisters make the most of their day¾enjoying sunshine, smelling flowers and playing¾in other words, doing nothing. Gentle humor and color pencil illustrations enhance this book, the fourth of the "Mole Sisters" series. 2000, Annick Press, $4.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Wendy Pollock-Gilson
School Library Journal
PreS-In these two series installments, the siblings go about their day with zest whether it be venturing out into a wheat field or simply doing nothing. In Busy Bees they relax but observe that the bees are hard at work; in Wavy Wheat the plot revolves around the moles' adventure in a wheat field. Action phrases provide ample opportunities for child participation. For example, the sisters "Swish to the right-swish to the left-one, two, three and-`DOWN!'" Always upbeat and jolly, the characters are gentle companions. The small format is perfect for little hands but less practical for storytimes. Images are rendered in muted earth tones using colored pencils in a style reminiscent of pointillism. They have an almost dreamy quality. Independence, optimism, intelligence, and love of adventure are good qualities for children and these siblings are fine examples.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Canadian Materials
[A] good book for preschoolers to share while sitting quietly with on their parent's lap. Recommended.
— Kathleen Kirk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550376623
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/2/2000
  • Series: Mole Sisters Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,441,342
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Roslyn Schwartz has lived in many places, including London, Paris, and San Francisco; she currently resides in Montreal. Roslyn is the author and illustrator of the first six popular Mole Sisters books as well as a new picture book for toddlers, Yo Baby!. She has also worked on animated films.

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The Mole Sisters and the Busy Bees


By Roslyn Schwartz

Annick Press Ltd.

Copyright © 2000 Roslyn Schwartz
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-5516-2


CHAPTER 1

"Sometimes it's important to do nothing," said the mole sisters.

And that's what they were doing ...

under the tree when along came a bee.

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

"Busy busy busy," said the bee.

"What are you doing?" asked the mole sisters.

"Can't stop," replied the bee. "Too busy."

"Not us!" said the mole sisters.

And they followed her out of the forest, through the tall grass, and into a meadow full of flowers.

"How lovely," said the mole sisters.

"Mmmm."

"Sniff-sniff."

"Mumble-bumble."

"BOO!!"

"Now we're as busy as bees!"

"And we look like flowers!"

Buzz Buzz Buzz Buzz

"They think we're flowers too!"

"AH-AH-AH—TISHOOOO!"

"Bless you," said the bees.

"Thank you," said the mole sisters.

And they went back to doing nothing, just as they started out to do.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Mole Sisters and the Busy Bees by Roslyn Schwartz. Copyright © 2000 Roslyn Schwartz. Excerpted by permission of Annick Press Ltd..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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