The Very Greedy Bee


Busy! Every bee is busy. While everyone else is making honey for the hive, the Greedy Bee is busy drinking all the nectar and keeping it for himself. When he discovers a new field of flowers, he decides to keep his new source of pollen a secret. He spends the whole day drinking nectar ... and then is too heavy to fly. It's getting dark and the Greedy Bee is getting scared. How will he get home? With the help of some friendly insects, Greedy Bee learns a valuable lesson.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Bright colorful illustrations and a simply-told story engage children in this story with a life lesson about friendship, selfishness, and ultimately happiness.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

The minute she spotted this in the pile, our daughter pulled it out, headed to the family room, and started reading. She wanted us to read it again at bedtime, too.

Big Kid Reaction

This is a fun story. The illustrations are colorful, the varied text size add emphasis to the sounds, and the story has a good message. For some kids the Greedy Bee's leap from selfish to selfless may seem pretty quick or out of context since none of the other insects witnessed his meanness.

Type of Book:
There are lessons about caring, change, and growing up in this picture book story that can also be an easy reader.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of things you can do with this book. There are themes of teamwork, responsibility (being a member of the hive), selfishness, acceptance, friendship, gluttony, and unconditional love, to name a few. This is a good book for showing kids that true happiness comes from giving.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that will be fun to share with your toddler and important to keep handy in preschool when kids need a gentle reminder.

Title The Very Greedy Bee
Author Steve Smallman
Publisher Tiger Tales © 2010
Illustrators Jack Tickle
ISBN 9781589254220
Material Paperback
Cost $7.95
Genres Friendship, Life Lessons
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