Bee & Me


When the family dog chases a bee into the house, our young narrator is scared. He is afraid of being stung, but the bee is afraid that he won't be able to do his work. Surprised to meet a talking bee, the boy listens as the bee describes his life and all of the important things he does to help humans.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a perfect picture book for emerging readers who need to have something to do while they read. Factual data about bees complement this story, making it easy for you to make the book relevant to your world.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

This took a long time to read, as our daughter loved moving back and forth and making the animation work. The animation, combined with the rhyming scheme and simple vocabulary engaged her not only in listening to the story, but practicing her reading, as well.

Parent Reaction

This is a very clever book, and we were as fascinated by the animated illustrations as our daughter. Although we aren't big fans of rhyming books, the verses weren't sickening sweet. This is story with a good lesson, and the two pages of honeybee facts are equally enlightening. The board construction will stand up to lots of readings ... and you'll be doing a lot of that.

Type of Book:
This is an animated picture book about fear, understanding, and bees.
Educational Themes:

The story and facts about honeybees offer a great start to learning more about bees and their role in the ecosystem. You can also bring the book to life by visiting a bee farm or, more simply, planting bee-friendly flowers. The fact sheet has great ideas to get you started.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Shared with girl nearly 7 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book your kids will want to share over and over again. The animated pages will encourage them to come back and flip the pages themselves, too. Toddlers and young elementary-aged kids will enjoy the book, and it offers something for older ki

Title Bee & Me
Author Elle J McGuinness
Publisher Accord Publishing, Division of Andrews McMeel © 2008
Illustrators Heather Brown
ISBN 9780740777349
Material Board Book
Cost $16.99
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