How Butterbees Came To Bee!


As Bonnie Bee is going about her work, she meets Benny Butterfly, and a friendship quickly develops. Every day, they meet to play together. One day, when Bonnie is late getting back to the hive, the queen "grounds" her and it is weeks before she can go out again. Benny is very sad and lonely. When Bonnie finally comes to play again, they decide to be together forever. Their children are part butterfly, part bee.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Cute characters and a sweet story combine in this book kids from toddlers to kindergartners will love.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter enjoyed this book, particularly all of the wordplay with the word "bee." She liked reading the story, but found Uqualla, the quail's name, difficult to pronounce and remember.

Parent Reaction

This is a cute story. The rhyme is light, with a sing-song quality perfect for preschoolers; and a lots of word repetition, which is good for emerging readers. The "bee" phrases not only offer quick life lessons, but they fit with the content on their page. We have read this on and off for a couple of years, so it is nice to pick up again. If we read it day in/day out, we probably would have tired of it by now.

Type of Book:
This is a rhyming story about patience and love.
Educational Themes:

Kids will enjoy Bonnie's and Benny's lessons about friendship and life.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 5 year old girl. At 7, she started reading this to us.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is fun to read and could be a nice gift for an older reader graduating from elementary or middle school.

Title How Butterbees Came To Bee!
Author Lana Grimm, Tania Bloch
Publisher Bee, Unlimited Creations Inc. © 2001
Illustrators David Michener
ISBN 0966204832
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.95
Genres Poetry
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